The Sudbury Wolves swallowed a tough loss when they welcomed highway 17 rivals, the North Bay Battalion Friday night to the Sudbury Arena. Falling in a 5-3 decision, Shane Bulitka, Ryan O’Bonsawin, and Macauley Carson were the lone goal scorers for the pack, out-shooting North Bay 33-20. Tonight’s game marked Mitchell Weeks OHL debut and Macauley Carson’s 100th OHL point.
The Battalion took an early 1-0 lead when Justin Brazeau scored 13 seconds into the opening frame. The Wolves were quick on their feet to respond to tie the game at one after Shane Bulitka buried his seventh of the season past Propp. The Battalion finished off the period with a two-goal lead. Mitchell Russell and Luke Moncada each notched a goal to make it a 3-1 game. Mitchell Weeks relieved Jake McGrath from the crease just over the midway point of the opening frame to give him his first OHL game between the pipes
The Wolves laid on the pressure in the second period but were unable to take an upper hand on the Battalion. Harrison Caines scored off a feed from Mitchell Russell to give the Battalion a 4-1 lead. With the Wolves shorthanded, Ryan O’Bonsawin fired up the bench by recording his second goal of the season to bring the Wolves within two.
After Harrison Caines notched his second of the goal of the night for the Battalion early in the final frame, the Wolves needed to change the pace. Blake Murray dropped the gloves with Simon Rose which pumped up the Wolf pack. With just over three minutes remaining in the game, Macauley Carson recorded his 100th OHL point, however the pack was unable to make the comeback falling 5-3.The Wolves will hit the road Saturday to Sault Ste. Marie to visit the Greyhounds in the second match-up of the Bell Challenge Cup. Puck drop is set for 7:07pm. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road by tuning into the live play by play on the radio on CKLU 96.7 or mxlr.com/sudburywolves on the Sudbury Wolves App.