Wolves Fall 5-1 to Surging Knights
The Sudbury Wolves faced off against the London Knights Friday night for the first time this season as they visited the Sudbury Arena for the lone time. The Western Conference Knights overpowered the Wolves as they skated off with a 5-1 victory.
Friday night marked the return of Dmitry Sokolov to the Wolves’ line-up as he spent the holidays playing for Team Russia at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo. Sokolov picked up one assist in his return. David Levin was the lone goal scorer for the Wolves, playing a solid game that earned him the third star.
A strong start for the Wolves saw the team out-shoot the Knights for the only time during the game. A power play goal for the Knights midway through the first gave them momentum as Evan Bouchard scored to make it 1-0. Two minutes later Liam Foundy added a goal for the Knights to extend their lead. A late goal from David Levin cut the lead to 2-1 to end the period with assists tallied by Sokolov and Shane Bulitka.
The second period was all London as Sam Miletic and Foundy scored for the visitors. Foundy’s goal was his second of the game and happened after a short-handed break. A scrum broke out in the final minute of the frame as frustration boiled over for the Wolves. The Wolves ended the third period down 4-1.
Just over a minute into the third period, Bouchard scored his second power play goal to make it 5-1 for the Knights. The Wolves took back control of the play in the third period, as they outshot the Knights 12-4. However the pressure didn’t pay off for the Wolves as the Knights maintained their 5-1 lead and finished the game leading in final shots on net 36-24.
The Wolves will have two chances to rebound this weekend in St. Catharines and Hamilton. Saturday, the Wolves will head to St. Catharine’s to take on the Niagara IceDogs at 7:00 pm before wrapping up the weekend in Hamilton on Sunday against the Bulldogs at 2:00 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 more coverage than ever before on Eastlink TV Channel 10 or 610 to watch the available broadcasts.