Wolves Fall 4-2 to Colts
A solid road game for the Sudbury Wolves against their divisional rivals, the Barrie Colts, wasn’t quite enough as the Colts scored a late goal Thursday night for the victory. The Colts added an empty net goal to win the game with a 4-2 final with Wolves goals coming from Blake McConville and Michael Pezzetta.
The first period was an even match-up between the two teams as they ended the period tied at 11 shots on net apiece. Despite consistent pressure from both sides, the Colts led after the first period off a goal from Luke Bignell. Both goaltenders had solid performances as Mario Culina and Leo Lazarev were difference makers for their teams.
There was continued pressure in the second period from both teams but the Wolves could not find a way past Lazarev. Lucas Chiodo made it 2-0 for the Colts off of a tricky goal from the corner that beat Culina. The teams exchanged both one minor penalty and a five-minute major but the special teams were unable to convert.
In the fourth meeting between these two teams this season, the physicality increased as the game went on. Two fights broke out between the divisional rivals with Drake Pilon and Bignell dropping the gloves in the second, followed by Nolan Hutcheson and Aidan Brown in the third.
With his first in the Ontario Hockey League, Blake McConville scored a big goal for the Wolves as he put the puck off Lazarev’s pad and into the net early in the third. With the Wolves down by one, Justin Murray was sent to the penalty box for interference, giving the Wolves an opportunity to tie the game. In his first game back since his concussion, Michael Pezzetta scored on the power play to tie the game up at 2. With two minutes remaining, Ben Hawerchuk’s shot from the blue line was redirected in front of Culina and into the net. The Colts added one more goal into the open net to seal the game at 4-2 with final shots on net 39-36 in favour of the Colts.
The Sudbury Wolves return to action at the Sudbury Arena this weekend as they host the Niagara IceDogs Friday night at 7:05pm and the Guelph Storm at 2:00pm on Sunday in double-header action this weekend. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.