Friday night marked the return of Macauley Carson to the lineup as the Wolves met up with divisional rivals, the Barrie Colts, at the Sudbury Community Arena. In an exciting game, the Barrie Colts slipped by with a 4-3 overtime win to take the extra point out of the match up.
Prior to puck drop, the Sudbury Wolves honoured service personnel, military, and veterans in a special opening ceremony. Captain Michael Pezzetta and Justin Murray for the Colts both took turns laying a wreath for their team and participated in a ceremonial puck drop.
The first period passed by quickly without many whistles. Evan Krassey continued his strong showing since being called up from the Rayside Balfour Canadians scoring his second of the season five minutes into the period. Kyle Heitzner responded two minutes later for the Colts as he picked up a puck that bounced off the boards and sent it over Jake McGrath’s shoulder. With only twelve seconds remaining, Reagan O’Grady beat Leo Lazarev to put the Wolves up 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
The Wolves continued to lead shots on goal in the second period, but it was the Colts who were able to find the back of the net. The only goals of the period came from Jason Willms and Joey Keane as the Colts tied the game at 2 before taking the lead shortly after. It was a chippy period between the rivals, which included Cole Candella and Kyle Heitzner dropping the gloves.
The Wolves continued to battle hard in the third period to tie the game up at 3. Finally, it was the works of Nolan Hutcheson who beat Lazarev as he was screened by Carson in front of the net. Assists on the goal were awarded to Dawson Baker and O’Grady. The game needed overtime but it would only last a minute as Ben Hawerchuk scored on the man advantage to end the game 4-3. The Wolves would take one point and end leading in shots on net 27-23.
Hutcheson and O’Grady put up multi-point nights, both scoring a goal and adding an assist. O’Grady’s play earned him the first star of the night, while Liam Ross finished as the third star, picking up one assist.
The Wolves will now head on the road for two games as they will take on the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday at 7:30 pm and the Guelph Storm Sunday at 2:00 pm. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road in a number of different ways this season. Fans can listen to the live play by play on the radio at 96.7 CKLU or mxlr.com/sudburywolves on the Sudbury Wolves App. In addition to listening to the game, fans can tune into Eastlink TV Channel 10 or 610 to watch the broadcast.