Wolves Fall 3-2 in OT to Rangers
The Sudbury Wolves continued their stretch on the road in Kitchener Friday night as they visited the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium for the only time this season. The Wolves managed one point against the Western Conference’s second place Kitchener Rangers as they fell by a 3-2 OT final. Goal scorers from the Wolves included Shane Bulitka and David Levin.
The game marked Doug Blaisdell’s first return to Kitchener since being traded to the Wolves in October. After playing in 202 games in a Rangers uniform, Blaisdell received a warm reception from fans when called on for the ceremonial puck drop.
5 minutes into the first, Bulitka gave the Wolves their first lead of the game after he redirected a hard shot from the point by Zack Malik. Malik recorded his third multi-point game of the season picking up an assist on both of the Wolves goals.
In the second, the Kitchener Rangers tied up the game at one halfway through the frame. Kole Sherwood recorded his 26th on the season after sending a fast-shot on net past Jake McGrath.
After Connor Bunnaman took a penalty at the end of the second, the Wolves opened the third period with a power play. Under a minute into the period, Kyle Rhodes fed David Levin from behind the net to give the Wolves the lead once again. Levin’s goal bounced past the goal line to make it 2-1. A second power play goal came from the Rangers’ Bunnaman tied the game at 2 just three minutes later. Blake McConville took a stick to the face late in the period, but no call was made on the play.
In overtime, the Rangers ended the game in under a minute with a goal from Joseph Garreffa. Final shots on net were 33-24 in favour of the Rangers.
McGrath played another solid game for the Wolves, stopping 30 shots on net. Levin earned himself the third star of the night after his performance.
The Wolves will finish their weekend tomorrow in Hamilton as they face off against the high-flying Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:00pm. Fans can follow the action by tuning in to CKLU 96.7 or listening to mixlr.com/sudburywolves. Fans can also tune in to Eastlink Channel 10 or HD610 to watch the game live.