The Sudbury Wolves played a rare Wednesday night road game at the GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie for their annual Teddy Bear Toss Game. This game marked the first game in the Bell Challenge Cup series with Sault Ste. Marie. Wolves sophomore, Blake McConville, scored his first goal of the season, while Drake Pilon, Cole Candella, and Nolan Hutcheson also scored goals in an unfortunate 7-4 loss with final shots on net 40-28 in favour of the Greyhounds.
Just under 5 minutes into the opening frame, the teddy bears took flight as the Greyhounds picked up an early lead on the Wolves with a shorthanded goal from Zack Trott. Drake Pilon sandwiched between Brett Jacklin and Ethan Taylor got the lucky bounce and netted a backhanded goal to tie the game at one.
The second period was a busy one as a number of goals were exchanged with shots on goal 30-17 in favour of the Greyhounds. Cole Candella netted one into the back of the net 38 seconds into the period to give the Wolves a 2-1 lead. The Greyhounds had an offensive burst with goals coming from Cole MacKay, Morgan Frost, and Tye Kartye to give the Hounds back their lead. Nolan Hutcheson then went top shelf on Ethan Taylor to cut the Greyhounds lead by one. However the lead didn’t last long as a scramble took place in front of the Wolves’ crease and Ryan O’Rourke extended the Greyhounds lead to 5-3 after 40 minutes of play.
In the third, Barrett Hayton gave the Greyhounds another goal with a speedy release in the face-off zone where Jake McGrath then relieved Luukkonen from the crease. Despite best efforts in the third period, the Wolves were unable to make the comeback dropping a 7-4 match to the Greyhounds.
The Wolves are back at home on Friday night when the Saginaw Spirit and former wolf Reagan O’Grady come to town to kick-off a double header weekend. Game time is 7:05 pm. Friday’s game is sponsored by Maslack and All Nations Church who will be on hand to kick off their mountain of mittens campaign. Fans can purchase mittens from All Nations Church at tables set up throughout the arena for the chance to win one of three $50.00 Maslack gift cards in the Mitten Toss during the second intermission.
Great seats are available at greatersudbury.ca/tickets or sudburywolves.com and in person at the Sudbury Arena Box Office. New this season, online tickets purchased from your computer or mobile device are now the same price as Box Office. Fans can skip the line, get your tickets early, online, scan your phone or print your tickets and come cheer on your Sudbury Wolves this season!