The Sudbury Wolves played a solid rebound game Saturday in St. Catharines against the Niagara IceDogs as they fought their way to a 5-2 victory. The loss for Niagara was their first regulation loss since October 5th which also happened to be the last time the Wolves visited the Meridian Centre. The chippy divisional match-up included goals from Troy Lajeunesse, Michael Pezzetta, and Owen Gilhula.
Michael Pezzetta picked up his first career hat trick as he scored one on the power play as well as added two empty-net goals in the final two minutes of the game. Jake McGrath was solid in net for the Wolves making 39 of 41 shots, earning him the third star of the game. Troy Lajeunesse also had a notable performance with a three-point night notching a goal and two assists.
A power play goal from Kirill Maksimov halfway through the first period opened the scoring to put the IceDogs up 1-0. For his second night in a row, Lajeunesse scored first for the Wolves to tie the game at 1 with the assists going to Dmitry Sokolov and Darian Pilon. In the final two minutes of the period, Pezzetta scored a power play goal off of a rebound to give the Wolves a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. The rivalry heated up at the end of the period as Darian Pilon and William Lochead dropped the gloves after the buzzer.
Owen Gilhula scored the only goal of the second period with under forty seconds remaining in the period. His goal marked another power play goal for the wolfpack as he slipped the puck through Colton Incze’s five hole to extend the Wolves lead to 3-1.
The IceDogs pushed hard in the final period as they attempted to tie the game. However, they only managed to score one goal as Ben Jones beat McGrath short-handed. With the IceDog’s net empty, Pezzetta scored two goals to complete his hat trick and solidify the 5-2 victory.
The Wolves will close out the weekend tomorrow evening on the road as they take on the Erie Otters at 5:00 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.