The Sudbury Wolves were back at home Friday as they welcomed the North Bay Battalion for a Northern rivalry match-up. Despite out-battling the Troops, the Wolves had a difficult time beating the Battalion’s goaltender as the Troops skated away with the extra point beating the Wolves 3-2 in overtime.
It was a hard fought first period between the two Northern rivals. Despite the Wolves outshooting North Bay 11-6 through the opening frame, the Battalion came out on top as Daniil Vertiy capitalized on the power play. Many Wolves players had quality chances to tie the game, however were unable to find the back of the net. Reagan O’Grady left the ice after being taken down early on but did return to finish the game. Vertiy’s goal was the only one of the period, as the Wolves went into the dressing room down by 1.
The Wolves came flying out of the gates in the second as Drake Pilon scored 29 seconds into the period. Pilon deflected Kyle Capobianco shot on net to tie the game at 1. There was a flurry of penalties throughout the second as six penalties were handed out in total between the two teams. For the second period in a row, there was only one goal scored in the frame. The Wolves continued to outshoot the Battalion, by 17-11 in the second period.
It was another hard fought period for the Wolves, as they maintained a fast paced game though out the third. Finally, the effort paid off for the Wolves as Dmitry Sokolov scored his 39th goal of the season to tie the game at 2. The goal came with 2:15 left in the third period and sent the game into overtime.
A minute and a half into overtime, Steve Harland scored for the Battalion to end the game. The Battalion took it by a 3-2 overtime final with shots on goal 36-26 in favour of the Wolves.
Drake Pilon was voted the Subway Hardest Working Player of the Game by fans though the Wolves app.
The Sudbury Wolves wrap up a two game home stand on Sunday afternoon where they will host the Niagara IceDogs for the Wolves annual Superhero game! Game time is 2pm. The Sudbury Wolves will be donating Batman themed jerseys for the game that will be auctioned off in a silent auction throughout the game in support of NEO kids. T-shirts will also be sold with $5 from each shirt going towards NEO Kids. Tickets are still available at greatersudbury.ca/tickets or at the Sudbury Arena Box Office on Sunday after 11am.