The Sudbury Wolves traveled to the WFCU Centre in Windsor Thursday night where they faced-off against the Spitfires in the first game of the weekend road swing. Battling hard back and forth, the Wolves had a solid performance but were unable to pull out the win in overtime, falling 5-4 to Windsor. Final shots on goal were 25-22 in favour of Sudbury and Wolves goal scorers included Drake Pilon, Nolan Hutcheson, Cole Candella, and Quinton Byfield. It was a mulit-point night for Macauley Carson who earned two assists while Drake Pilon, Anthony Tabak and Blake Murray each earned one helper.
A quick start for the Spitfires saw the home team score a goal just over 6 minutes into the opening frame after Will Cuylle beat Jake McGrath blocker side. The Wolves went on to score just over two minutes later with a nice goal from Darian Pilon as he grabbed a loose puck on the blocker side and blasted it in past Spitfires rookie goaltender, Kari Piiroinen. The goal came as Darian’s 9th of the season with assists going to both Macauley Carson and brother Drake Pilon. The Wolves and Spitfires headed to their respective dressing rooms tied up at one goal apiece after the opening 20 minutes.
With his second goal of the night and 15th of the season, Will Cuylle regained the lead for the Spitfires close to the midway mark of the second period . Nolan Hutcheson was the only goal scorer of the middle frame for the Wolves as he took a pass from Anthony Tabak and launched it into the open net glove side to give the Wolves a tie game at 2. With time winding down in the period, Tyler Angle happened to be at the right angle to snag the rebound and released a quick shot straight into the back of the net past Jake McGrath. Spitfires led 3-2 after two periods of play.
In the third period, Cole Candella delivered a rapid-fire goal short side, to send the game back to a tie at three goals apiece. Spitfires rookie Will Cuylle followed up with a high blocker shot minutes later to make it a 4-3 game and complete the hat trick. The Wolves tied it up for the fourth time in the game with a goal from Quinton Byfield who recorded his 15th goal of the season. With the two teams tied after 60 minutes, the Wolves and Spitfires headed to overtime.
At 1:16 in the extra frame, Daniel D’Amico solidified the win for the Windsor Spitfires which snapped their 3-game losing streak.
The Wolves will continue their road swing on Saturday night in Michigan when they take on the Flint Firebirds at 7:00 pm. Fans can follow the action by tuning in to CKLU 96.7 or listening to mixlr.com/sudburywolves.