The Sudbury Wolves hosted divisional rivals, the Barrie Colts Friday night. The Wolves overcame a slow start to claw their way back to a rough affair that ended with the Wolves overpowering the Colts en route to 6-5 victory.
The Wolves started out slow in the first as the Colts sprang forward with a quick two goal lead in the first half of the opening period. Kyle Heitzner and Ben Hawerchuk notched the goals for the visitors. Aiden Jamieson scored from the point to put the Wolves on the board less than two minutes later to cut the Colts lead in half. Anthony Stefano scored a shorthanded goal for the Colts late in the first to take a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes over the Wolves. The Wolves led shots on goal in the first 13-10.
The Wolves had a big second period as the Wolves scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead over the Colts. Liam Dunda was the first to strike 2:44 into the frame. Macauley Carson was next, scoring 10 minutes later as he tied the game up at 3 apiece. Dmitry Sokolov scored on the powerplay two minutes later to give the Wolves their first lead of the game. The Wolves outshot the Colts 24-3 in the second.
The third period became a heated affair. Sokolov scored his second of the game on the powerplay a minute and a half into the third to extend the Wolves lead to 5-3. The Colts bounced back at the midway point of the frame on a goal by Jason Willms to close the gap to one. Owen Lalonde gave the Wolves back their two goal cushion with his first OHL goal two minutes later, however, the Colts added one more late in the frame to make it 6-5. A scrap broke out at the end of the game leading the way for a number of penalties against the Wolves, however that was as close as the Colts would come as the Wolves won 6-5. The Wolves were 2 for 6 on the powerplay, while the Colts were 0 for 5. Final shots on goal were 40 to 25 n favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves will look to make it two in a row Saturday as they host the Mississauga Steelheads at 7pm for the annual Vale Sudbury Saturday Night. Tickets are on-sale at the Sudbury Arena Box Office after 4pm on Saturday or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.