The Sudbury Wolves hosted the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sunday afternoon for a matinee match-up. The Wolves kept up with the Greyhounds for half of the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Greyhounds decisively defeated the Wolves with a 5-2 victory to capture the Bell Challenge Cup.
The Wolves and Greyhounds were scoreless after the first 20 minutes. It was an even matched first period with both teams taking turns controlling the play. Each team was penalized once with a minor penalty. Despite a solid effort from the Wolves at the end of the period, the Wolves and Greyhounds remained tied at zero after the first frame. Shots on goal at the end of the first were 9-8 in favour of the Greyhounds.
Alan Lyszczarczyk opened the scoring for the Wolves 4:41 minutes into the second period. Lyszczarczyk went top shelf on Raaymakers after a great play from Drake Pilon. The Greyhounds responded seconds later with a goal from Bobby MacIntyre. The Greyhounds continued to score with goals from Boris Katchouk and David Miller. That was it for scoring in the frame as the Wolves trailed 3-1 after the second.
The Greyhounds added a power play goal and a short-handed goal in the third period to solidify their victory. The Greyhound’s goals came from Jack Kopacka and Tim Gettinger. With seven minutes left in the period, Owen Lalonde scored his second of the season to make it 5-2. The Wolves continued to add pressure, with Jake McGrath making some fantastic saves for the team. Despite the pressure, the Wolves fell by a 5-2 final, with shots on goal 43-25 in favour of the Greyhounds.
The Sudbury Wolves will head to North Bay on Thursday for their match against the Battalion before returning home Friday to host the second half of the home-and-home series. Both games begin at 7pm. This also marks their final home game of the regular season. With a playoff spot on the line, the Wolves will be giving everything they have to make sure that they can secure their spot before it’s too late. Come join in on the Wolves push to the playoffs! Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets. Avoid the lines and come down early to get your seats today.