The Sudbury Wolves crossed the border to visit the Erie Otters for the lone time this season Friday and made the most of their trip, skating off with a 4-1 victory. The line of Nolan Hutcheson, Anthony Tabak, and Blake McConville were the difference makers in the game, as they combined for nine points and swept the three stars.
Hutcheson led the team with two goals and two assists, while Tabak recorded three assists, and McConville followed with two. It was a career high game for all three sophomore forwards. Rookie defenseman, Isaak Phillips scored his first OHL goal after picking up his first point in last night’s game against the IceDogs.
The opening frame was a hard-fought period for the Wolves, who outshot the Otters 9-5. The two teams exchanged goals through the frame with Hutcheson opening the scoring for the Wolves. Hutcheson’s shot came from the side of the net and off an Otters’ skate before going in. Just over a minute later, Kurtis Henry scored his first of the season to tie the game at 1.
The game winning goal came halfway through the frame from David Levin, as he skated right off the bench and into the scramble where he beat Daniel Murphy to give the Wolves a 2-1 lead. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was kept busy while the Otters peppered him, outshooting the Wolves 8-3 through the frame.
A solid third period for the Wolves had Phillips netting his first OHL goal off a hard shot from the blue-line, that cut through traffic to beat Murphy. The team did not sit on their lead, as they continued to drive the net. On the power play, Hutcheson connected with McConville and Tabak to extend the lead to 4-1. That would be it, as the Wolves came out on top with final shots on net 24-21 in favour of the Otters.
The Sudbury Wolves will finish their busy weekend on the road on Sunday in Kitchener as they take on the Rangers at 4:00pm. Fans can follow the action by listening live on CKLU 96.7 or on mixlr.com/sudburywolves. Additionally, fans can watch the action through OHL Live as well as on Eastlink Channel 10 or 610HD.