The Sudbury Wolves hosted the Oshawa Generals for game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals Sunday evening. It was a must-win situation as the Generals entered into the game with a 3-2 lead over the Wolves. Despite a hard-fought game, the Sudbury Wolves could not solve goaltender Jeremy Brodeur who kept the Wolves to one goal in the game, en route stealing the series in the process.
It was a hard fought period for the Wolves, and a close one between the two squads. The Wolves went into the dressing room up 1-0 after the first period, thanks to a goal from Dmitry Sokolov. Sokolov drew blood with a quick shot right off of the draw, which surprised Broduer as he allowed the puck into his net. David Levin used his speed to break past both Generals defensemen but was taken down on his way to the net. Levin was granted a penalty shot on the play, but he could not beat Brodeur.
The Generals came out buzzing to start the second period, applying pressure on McGrath. Both goaltenders stood tall in net making huge saves for their respective teams. In a wild ending to the period the Generals scored but the play was not called down, which allowed Sokolov to score for the Wolves at the other end. After the refs reviewed the play, they granted the goal to the Generals. The goal was scored by Renars Krastenbergs with 42 seconds left in the period. That would leave the two teams tied at 1 after 40 minutes with shots on goal 22-20 in favour of the Generals.
In a fight to the end, Brodeur stayed solid as he kept the Wolves off of the board for the remainder of the game. A top shelf goal from Kenny Heuther 6:34 into the third period, gave the Generals a 2-1 lead. Fueled by the crowd, the Wolves gave it all they had in the dying seconds of the game. However an empty net goal from Joe Manchurek sealed the deal and the series.
The players saluted the fans as “Go Wolves Go” chants echoed throughout the arena. This game also marked the end of fantastic careers for the Wolves three overage players, Patrick Sanvido, Aiden Jamieson, and CJ Yakimowicz
The Sudbury Wolves would like to thank the fans and the community for a great season in the new era of Wolves hockey.