The Sudbury Wolves closed out a three-game home stand Sunday afternoon as they hosted the Mississauga Steelheads. The game was a big as anticipated, as the Wolves climbed back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Steelheads 4-3 in a shootout.
The Wolves had a great start to the opening period. Mississauga forward NATHAN BASTIAN took a checking from behind penalty seconds in the game to give the Wolves their first power play of the game. ZACH WILKIE released a hard shot from the blueline to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead. That would stand as the lone goal in the period, and the Wolves lead after the first.
It was a wild second period filled with goals, penalties, and scrums. One minute into the second period, STEPHEN GIBSON scored for the Steelheads to tie the game at 1. The Steelheads went on to score two more goals from AIDAN MCFARLAND and MICHAEL MCLEOD. Two minutes later, DARIAN PILON went down from taking a high stick to the face, forcing him to leave the game. DMITRY SOKOLOV scored his 33rd of the season on a beautiful goal at 4:46 to cut the lead to 3-2.
The battle continued in the third period, as the Wolves continued to push for a tying goal. Halfway through the frame, ALAN LYSZCZARCZYK scored a huge goal to tie the game at 3. MACAULEY CARSON picked up the assist on the play. As time wound down, MCGRATH made some big saves to keep the game tied. With no winner after regulation, the game headed to overtime.
In the extra frame, KYLE CAPOBIANCO and WILKIE both had excellent chances. It was a fast-paced over time period that kept the fans going wild. With neither team scoring in overtime, the game went to a shootout. DMITRY SOKOLOV and OWEN TIPPETT both scored, meaning the game needed extra shooters. LYSZCZARCZYK scored and MCGRATH followed up with a big save to close out the game to close out the victory for the Wolves. The Wolves took it by a 4-3 final with shots on goal 25-21 in favour of the Wolves.
WILKIE was voted as the Subway Hardest Working Players of the Game by the fans through the Wolves App.
The Sudbury Wolves return to action on Thursday when they travel to North Bay for a rematch against the Battalion. They will return to the confines of the Sudbury Arena next Friday night when they host the Saginaw Spirit at 7:00pm. This will be the Spirit’s one and only visit to Sudbury this season. 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. For Group Sales discounts and special programs call the Wolves Office.