An offensive showcase for both teams made for an exciting Friday night at the Sudbury Arena as the Sudbury Wolves closed out their home exhibition schedule. After a wild third period, the Wolves held on to take a 6-5 win over the Soo Greyhounds. The game was the first in a home-in-home series, where the Wolves will travel to the Soo on Sunday.
Kyle Rhodes picked up two goals for the Wolves, while Dawson Baker and Brandon Bastasin both tallied their second of pre-season. Michael Pezzetta and Anthony Tabak were the other two goal scorers. Head Coach Corey Stillman was pleased post-game both by his veterans and rookie players who were visibly fighting for a roster spot all game.
Marshall Frappier started in net for the Wolves, playing in his second preseason game. For the Soo Greyhounds, the game was split between Dougie Newhouse and Connor Hicks, as Hicks relieved his partner after the Wolves fifth goal.
A late goal in the first period had Dawson Baker beat Newhouse with a backhand shot, breaking a 2-2 tie with 9 seconds left in the first period. The momentum from that goal was carried into the second. The Wolves played an explosive period, scoring three goals to head into the dressing room up 6-3. Despite the goal differential, the Hounds were not discouraged as they peppered Frappier with shots all period. The Hounds outshot the Wolves 17-7 through the second frame.
A breakaway goal from Keeghan Howdeshell and a power play goal from Morgan Frost in the third period made for a nail-biting ending. The crowd was loud in the dying minutes of the game while Frappier stood tall in net making many crucial saves. The Wolves held on to win with a 6-5 final, with final shots on goal 42-41 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves will have one more chance to practice up on Sunday afternoon with a 2:07 matinee with the Greyhounds at the Essar Centre. Then it will all start next Friday night when they open the regular season on September 22nd against the Oshawa Generals. Tickets are on sale at the Sudbury Arena Box Office.