It was a high scoring affair at the Sudbury Arena Friday night as the Sudbury Wolves soundly defeated the Mississauga Steelheads with a 6-3 victory. In a full team effort, goals from Dmitry Sokolov, Macauley Carson, Michael Pezzetta, and Darian Pilon solidified the win.
Dmitry Sokolov and Macauley Carson both scored twice in the match-up and ended the night with three points after each adding an assist. The Pilon twins continued their strong showing as of late, as they both have notched seven points in their last seven games. Overage goalie Mario Culina received the start for the Wolves as he made a total of 34 saves en route to the victory.
An electric warm-up fired up the boys as DJ Trapment spun live from the Sudbury Arena. The energy led into a strong start for the Wolves as they took a 2-0 lead after the first period and held on for the rest of the game. Captain Michael Pezzetta opened the scoring for the Wolves when he deflected a point shot from Zack Malik. Notably, Malik recorded a multi-point with two assists in the divisional game. After intercepting a pass on the Steelheads blue line, Sokolov’s shot deflected into the net off of a Steelheads’ player to put the Wolves up by 2. At the end of the period, the Wolves led on the score clock and in shots on net by 11-10.
Early in the second period, Owen Tippett capitalized on the power play to cut the Wolves’ lead in half. In an interested third goal for the Wolves, the puck bounced in and out of the net as play continued for almost a minute after the goal. Upon review, the referees deemed it a good goal crediting Macauley Carson who got a piece of a slapshot from Emmett Serensits. In the final seconds of the frame, Sokolov scored a near impossible goal off a beautiful slapshot. The Wolves led 4-2 after the second period, with shots on net 14-10 in favour of the Steelheads.
The Steelheads came out strong in the third with another early period goal, this time from Michael McLeod who scored a short-handed to cut the Wolves’ lead in half for the second time. The Wolves responded with goals from Darian Pilon and Carson. The last effort push from the Steelheads resulted in a goal from Jacob Moverare, but that would be it. The Wolves doubled up on the Steelheads with a 6-3 final, with final shots on net 37-32 in favour of the Steelheads.
The Wolves picked up all three stars of the night with Michael Pezzetta as first star, Mario Culina as second, and Dmitry Sokolov as third.
The Sudbury Wolves will have a rare weekend to rest before hitting the road for a three-game road swing next weekend. They will return to action on Thursday night when they take on the Peterborough Petes at 7:05 pm, before heading to Kingston on Saturday and Ottawa on Sunday. 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 Eastlink TV Channel 10 or 610 to watch the broadcast.