Wolves End Battalion Streak with 2-1 Victory
The Sudbury Wolves ended a 6-game winning streak for the North Bay Battalion Saturday night as they defeated the Battalion by a 2-1 final. David Levin ended his scoring drought and Drake Pilon added the second goal to give the Wolves the win.
It was an even matched game between the two squads who spent the first and second periods tied. Jake McGrath had a busy night, stopping 32 of the shots sent his way. Assistant Coach Darryl Moxam praised McGrath on his play following the game, saying it was one of his best games of the year as McGrath made every play needed for the team en route to the win.
Near the end of the first, words were exchanged between Riley Bruce and Darian Pilon and they were both sent to the box for roughing. Neither teams could score with the open ice of 4-on-4 action so the Wolves and Battalion went into the first intermission scoreless.
In the second, Sudbury native, Brad Chenier gave the Battalion their only lead of the game after he poked a rebound over McGrath’s pads and into the net. Four minutes later, Levin scored a huge goal after a great feed from Doug Blaisdell to send his wrist shot top shelf. The teams stayed tied at one goal apiece after the first period with shots on goal also tied at 24-24.
It was a battle to the finish with McGrath busy in net and the Wolves pushing for an opening on Christian Propp. Late in the period, Blake Murray wrapped around the net and Drake Pilon found a loose puck to tuck past Propp and give the Wolves a 2-1 lead. Pressure continued for the Battalion as they attempted to beat McGrath to tie the game, but the Wolves held on for a 2-1 victory. Final shots on net at the end of the game were 34-33 in favour of the Wolves.
McGrath earned the first star of the night while Levin was awarded the second.
The Wolves will now take the week to rest before a busy 3-in-3 next weekend, starting with another two-game home stand on Friday and Saturday evening followed by a Sunday afternoon game in Mississauga. Tickets for both games are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.