The Wolves welcomed the North Bay Battalion for a Northern rival match-up Friday night. After a tough overtime loss on Wednesday night, the Wolves bounced back to defeat the Battalion by a 3-2 final and capture two important points in the playoff race.
It was a quiet first half of the period with no goals and no penalties. At 9:14, VALENTINI beat Battalion goaltender BRENT MORAN to put the Wolves up 1-0. Defenceman KYLE CAPOBIANCO sent a rocket top-shelf to extend the lead to 2-0 in the final two minutes of the period. Moments later, CAPOBIANCO had another quality chance, just hitting the crossbar. SHANE BULITKA left the game during the period and did not return. The Wolves led in shots after the first period 12-10.
Just over a minute into the second period, the Battalion scored on the power play to cut the lead to 2-1. JUSTIN BRAZEAU was credited with the goal on the play. Another power play goal came at 5:39, but this time it was for the Wolves, as VALENTINI made it 3-1 with his second of the game and 14th of the season. The rivalry heated up, as ALAN LYSZCZARCZYK got mixed up with ZACH POIRIER in the final seconds of the period. Both were sent to the box with roughing minors.
The Wolves held on in the third period, as the Battalion worked hard to try to tie it up. JAKE MCGRATH made a number of big saves to keep the Wolves in the lead, as the Battalion outshot the Wolves throughout the period. As the horn went to end the game, a scrum ensued with both teams. The Wolves closed out a tight battle beating the Battalion 3-2.
RYAN VALENTINI was named the first star of the game and was voted the Subway Hardest Working Player of the Game by the fans through the Wolves App.
The Sudbury Wolves wrap up their three-game home stand on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm against the Mississauga Steelheads. Come join in on the Wolves push to the playoffs! Sunday is family day! All kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult will receive admission for only $10. Tickets are on-sale now online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets or available at the Sudbury Arena Box Office on Sunday after 11am.