The Sudbury Wolves hosted their Northern rivals the North Bay Battalion Friday night in their first of eight meetings on the season. In a high-flying and high-scoring game that ended in extra time, the Wolves fell by a close 6-5 final.
The Battalion got off to a quick start scoring 1:22 into the period. JUSTIN BRAZEAU scored for the Battalion with assists going to DANIIL VERTIY. VERTIY went on to score two goals, both times by putting it over Bowman’s shoulder and into the net. DAVID LEVIN was the lone goal scorer of the opening period for the Wolves, scoring on a tic-tac-toe play with ALAN LYSZCZARCZYK. The Wolves were down 3-1 after 20 minutes.
It was a bounce back period for the Sudbury Wolves in the second as they started off strong, turning the momentum in their favour. Just two minutes into the frame DMITRY SOKOLOV scored his seventeenth and minutes later his eighteenth of the season to tie the game up at 3-3. BRETT HARGRAVE scored for the Battalion to give them their lead back once again, but it did not last long. LEVIN’s second of the game tied things heading into intermission. In the dying seconds of the frame both teams got into a scrum in front of the Wolves net. The Wolves and Battalion went into their dressing rooms for the second intermission tied at four goals apiece.
The Wolves had the fans in attendance on the edge of their seats for the entire third period. A goal from KYLE POTTS halfway through the frame gave the Battalion yet another lead. In the final minutes of the third, REAGAN O’GRADY scored a big goal for the Wolves to send the game into overtime. Both of the goals in the third were reviewed by the referees and deemed good goals. Without an answer, the game headed into overtime.
In the extra frame, the Wolves had a number of quality chances but could not find their way past Battalion goalie JULIAN SIME. ADAM MCMASTER was the hero for the Battalion who finished the game, lifting the Battalion over the Wolves. The Wolves managed to gain one point, losing 6-5 with shots on goal 37-28 in favour of the Battalion.
The Wolves continue their four-game home stretch Saturday night in the second game of a back-to-back double-header weekend. The Wolves will welcome another Central Division rival when they get set to host the Barrie Colts. Game time is 7:00pm at the Sudbury Community arena and the game will be sponsored by Wawanessa. Tickets are on sale at greatersudbury.ca/tickets or at the Sudbury Arena Box Office beginning at 4pm on Saturday.