The Wolves began a new era Friday night as they hosted the Oshawa Generals in their 2016/17 regular season home opener at the Sudbury Community Arena. The Wolves came alive in the second period to overtake the Generals en route to a 4-3 victory in front of 3,800 fans at the Sudbury Arena.
In the opening frame, the Generals got off to a quick start and led the Wolves 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. Eric Henderson opened the scoring at 6:50 beating Bowman five hole. Krastenbergs then added one more for the Generals at 13:18. The Wolves had a number of quality scoring chances from Levin, Garagan and Valentini, however could not beat Keyser. Shots on goal were 13-11 in favour of the Generals.
The Wolves opened the floodgates in the second period. Alan Lyszczarczyk started things off by putting the Wolves on the scoreboard less than five minutes into the frame. David Levin tied things up for the Wolves 2 minutes later, before Macauley Carson froze Keyser with a devious backhander not 30 seconds later giving the Wolves their go-ahead goal to take a 3-2 Lead. The Wolves and Generals swapped goals in the final minute of the period. This marked Darian Pilon’s first career OHL goal. The Wolves led 4-3 after 40 minutes and trailed shots on goal 22-23.
In the third, the Wolves held off the Oshawa Generals and maintained their 4-3 lead throughout the period. The Wolves penalty kill was tested four times in the final 20 minutes of action but Bowman held strong making huge saves at key times, rejecting the General’s comeback bid shot after shot. The crowd was wild as the Wolves held on to win their home opener 4-3. Final shots on goal were 30-28 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves will now hit the road Sunday and visit their divisional rivals the Mississauga Steelheads at 2:00pm. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Wolves return to action at home next Friday night as they host the Barrie Colts at 7:00pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office, by calling 705-671-3000 or online at greatersudbury.ca/ticket.