The Sudbury Wolves eight game win streak came to an end Sunday with a 3-1 loss to the Mississauga Steelheads. The Wolves were unable to take advantage of the opportunity to retake the lead in the Central Division and now sit one point back of the Niagara IceDogs. Jake McGrath made 38 saves in his first start since October 25th. Sudbury’s only goal scorer was Blake Murray who gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead early in the second, however they were unable to hold on. Mississauga received goals from Michael Little, Ryan McLeod and former Wolves forward Alan Lyszczarczyk to push them past the Wolfpack.
The first period was relatively uneventful as both teams were held off the scoresheet. Jake McGrath got into the game early, making a big save on Edmonton Oilers prospect Ryan McLeod who was in alone on a breakaway. The Wolves generated a few scoring chances, but Steelheads goaltender Jacob Ingham was up to the task. The score was 0-0 after 20 minutes with the Steelheads holding a 13-8 shot advantage.
The energy started to pick up in the second period. Drake Pilon and Nicholas Canade dropped the gloves, with Pilon getting the better of the Mississauga forward. The Wolves got on the scoresheet 5 minutes into second period when Blake Murray received a slick pass from Owen Robinson and fired a wrist shot past Ingham’s glove and into the back of the net. The goal was Murray’s 14th of the season and his 5th in his last 6 games. Mississauga would tie the game under three minutes later when former Sudbury Wolves forward Alan Lyszczarczyk threw a harmless shot on net and third-year forward Michael Little swatted home the rebound. Lyszczarczyk wasn’t finished there as 3 minutes later he made a nice move to drive to the net and put the Steelheads up 2-1. With 36 second remaining, the Steelheads took a 3-1 lead when Lyszczarczyk set up Ryan McLeod with a shot that the Mississauga native redirected past Jake McGrath.
In the final frame, the Steelheads limited the Wolves to 6 shots on goal. They had a couple chances to get back into the game as Macauley Carson was turned away on a breakaway and Blake Murray was denied his second of the game off a cross-crease pass from Quinton Byfield. Mississauga closed out the period without allowing another goal and the Wolves dropped this one 3-1.
The Wolves now break for Christmas and will look to get back in the win column after the holidays. They’ll be back at Sudbury Community Arena on December 28th to face off against the North Bay Battalion at 7:05pm. The Wolves will also be looking to set a new franchise record for most wins in a row at home with 13. The Battalion are led upfront by the current leading scorer in the OHL Justin Brazeau. The fourth year forward has 24 goals and 29 assists for 63 points in 34 games. This game is sponsored by Laking Toyota.
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