It was the high-energy third period the fans have been waiting for that allowed the Wolves to take a point out of Sunday’s matinee match-up against the Soo Greyhounds. A two-on-one with Morgan Frost and Boris Katchouk in overtime ended the game in favour of the Soo, as Katchouk gave Jake McGrath no chance on the play. The hard work from the Wolves paid off as they earned themselves a point in the 2-1 overtime loss.
A fast-paced first period had both teams going back and forth throughout the frame. The period flew by with almost no whistles, one penalty per team, and ended with the Wolves leading in shots on goal 7-6. There was no score after the first.
A disallowed goal for the Greyhounds was the turning point in the second period as it allowed the Wolves to stay within one. The refs reviewed the play and confirmed the goal was offside. The momentum switch could be felt around the rink, from the bench to the ice and in the stands with the fans. The Wolves ended the period down by one goal as Keeghan Howdeshell scored for the Greyhounds. Morgan Frost and Conor Timmins picked up the assists on the play.
The Wolves took on the third period with gusto, generating many chances on Greyhounds goaltender Matthew Villalta. Dmitry Sokolov finally had the goal he had been waiting, as he beat Villalta at 5:56 seconds into the third. The goal marked his first of the season and the equalizer the Wolves needed. His line of Troy Lajeunesse and David Levin generated numerous offensive chances throughout the game. The low-scoring game ended in a 1-1 tie and was sent into overtime.
Michael Pezzetta, Cole Candella, and Dmitry Sokolov each had solid opportunities in overtime but came up just short. At 2:23 into the 3 on 3 overtime, the Greyhounds sealed the deal.
McGrath played an excellent game, making a total of 36 saves this afternoon, and only allowed one regulation goal. His efforts earned him the first star of the game. Troy Lajeunesse once again played a great game and was named the Subway’s Hardest Working Player of the Game voted as by fans through the Wolves App.
The Wolves will now travel on a two-game road swing to St. Catharines and Mississauga before resting for the Thanksgiving weekend. On Thursday, the Wolves will play the Niagara IceDogs at and on Friday, they will play the Mississauga Steelheads, both games at 7:00 pm. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road in a number of different ways this season. Fans can listen to the live play by play on the radio at 96.7 CKLU or mxlr.com/sudburywolves on the Sudbury Wolves App. In addition to listening to the game, fans can tune into Eastlink TV Channel 10 or 610 to watch the broadcast.