The Sudbury Wolves secured their 5th straight win with an impressive 5-1 win over Central Division rivals the Barrie Colts on Friday night. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 28 saves and held the Colts to only one goal. Wolves goal scorers included Blake Murray, David Levin, Darian Pilon, Macauley Carson, and Quinton Byfield. The Wolves took all three Molson stars of the game as Levin earned first star while Quinton Byfield and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen took second and third stars.
The first period was relatively uneventful as both teams were held off the scoresheet. Darian Pilon got the crowd into the game with a big hit halfway through the period. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made a huge save, robbing Luke Bignell on the one timer. The score was 0-0 after 20 minutes with the Colts holding a 10-6 shot advantage.
The Wolves got on the scoresheet in a big way in the second period. In fact, they scored three goals in 1:36 to take a 3-0 lead early in the second frame. Blake Murray opened the scoring after he capitalized on a rebound in front of Colts goaltender Maksim Zhukov. David Levin followed that up 33 seconds later with a wicked wrist shot after being set up by Owen Robinson. Darian Pilon completed the trio, scoring 55 second after Levin’s goal. The Wolves weren’t done there as Macauley Carson slammed home his 7th of the season in the final seconds of a Sudbury powerplay. Quinton Byfield then finished off what was a 5-goal period for the Wolves, with a perfectly placed shot under the arm of Zhukov. The Wolves finished with a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes.
In the final frame, the Colts were able to break the shutout. Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar was able to scrape the puck over the line and cut the Wolves lead to four. They Wolves closed out the period without allowing another goal and secured their 5th straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Barrie Colts. Final shots on goal were 33 to 229 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves are looking to extend their five-game win streak when they welcome the Guelph Storm to the Sudbury Arena Saturday afternoon at 4:05pm. The Storm are led upfront by San Jose Sharks 2018 1st Round Prospect, Ryan Merkley and Arizona Coyotes prospect Nate Schnarr who both have 36 points on the season.
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