The Wolves were in Mississauga Sunday to visit the Steelheads at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre for a matinee match-up against the Central Division leaders. The pack was looking to carry the momentum from Friday’s win against the North Bay Battalion, however, they were unable to make the comeback. The Steelheads took an early lead and held onto it as the Wolves fell 5-3 with final shots on net 37-28 in favour of Mississauga.
Ryan McLeod gave the Steelheads the upper hand early in the first period after netting his fourth goal of the season, blocker side on Luukkonen. The Wolves had a big chance after David Levin set up a solid play to Peter Stratis in the slot to tip it in but Jacob Ingham made the stop. Quinton Byfield stole the puck in front of Ingham and set up Owen Gilhula for the slapshot goal that tied the game at one with shots on goal at 12 a piece.
In the second period, the Steelheads got a couple of lucky bounces and came out with two power play goals from Nicolas Canade and Ryan McLeod who netted his second of the night. With minutes left in the period, Luukkonen made a phenomenal stop on Reisnecker who came in flying on a breakaway. The Wolves trailed 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.
It was an entertaining final period with goals from Liam Ross, Shane Bulitka, and Owen Tippett with two. Tippett extended the Steelheads lead by one three minutes in with a power play goal from Alan Lyszczarczyk to Cole Carter tic-tac-toe style. The Wolves made a comeback with goals from Ross and Bulitka who both found the back of the net off rebounds to cut the Steelheads lead by 1. With the score sitting at 4-3, Tippett netted the insurance goal to secure a 5-3 win over the Wolves.
The Wolves will return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Sault Ste. Marie to face off against the Soo Greyhounds. The puck drop is set for a 7:07pm start. 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.