The Sudbury Wolves travelled to Mississauga Tuesday night to take on the Steelheads in the final game of the regular season. The Wolves battled hard for control of 6th place in the Eastern Conference as they defeated the Steelheads by a 4-2 final.
It was an entertaining first period between the two central division rivals. The Steelheads opened the scoring on a tic-tac-toe play with Michael McLeod finishing the play and beating Jake McGrath. Less than a minute later, Owen Lane beat Jacob Ingham top shelf to tie the game. Shane Bulitka and Patrick Sanvido both picked up assists on the play. A disallowed goal for the Wolves meant the two teams were tied after the first period, with the Steelheads leading shots on goal 17-10.
Maintaining their pace from the first period, the Wolves played an energetic second. Sokolov scored his 48th goal of the season on the power play to give the Wolves a 2-1 lead. A beautiful goal from Reagan O’Grady showcased the defenseman’s smooth hands, as he slipped past two Steelheads on his way to the net. The Steelheads answered back as McLeod scored his second of the game to cut the Wolves lead to 3-2. Heading into the break shots on goal read 29 for Mississauga and 21 for Sudbury.
The Steelheads were held off of the scoreboard for the rest of the contest allowing the Wolves to skate away with the victory. Macauley Carson sealed the deal in the dying seconds of a hard fought third period with an empty net goal. The goal marked Carson’s 30th of the season. Final shots on goal at the end of the game were 42-30 in favour of the Steelheads.
The Wolves will return to Sudbury to prepare for the series opener against the Oshawa Generals on Friday night at the Tribute Communities Centre. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road by tuning into Bryan Cooper with the live play-by-play on mixlr.com/sudburywolves. The series will shift to Sudbury next Tuesday March 28th for game 3 of the series (home playoff game #1) at 7pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.