A busy night in goal scoring led to an exciting match-up for the Sudbury Wolves on Friday night when they hosted the Flint Firebirds for the one and only time this season. It was a multi-point night for a number of players including Blake Murray, Nolan Hutcheson, Quinton Byfield, and Liam Ross who all helped to claim a massive 9-2 victory over the Firebirds and extend their win streak to seven games. Jonathan Lemaire had an outstanding game in his first start between the pipes for the Sudbury Wolves, making 25 saves on 27 shots to earn third star of the game. Blake Murray scored a hat trick to land himself first star of the game while Nolan Hutcheson notched 2 goals and 3 helpers to earn the second star. Final shots on goal were 41-27 for the Wolves.
In the opening frame, the Sudbury Wolves were quick to score when Owen Robinson tallied his seventh of the season right in front of Luke Cavallin to make it a 1-0 game. Just over the midway mark in the period, the Wolves were working hard to kill off a penalty. Quinton Byfield beat Cavallin with a short-handed goal to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The second period was a busy one for the Wolves who scored 5 goals. Wolves goal scorers in the second included Liam Ross, Blake Murray with two, Darian Pilon and Nolan Hutcheson. Despite Jacob Winterton beating Jonathan Lemaire to gave him his 10th goal of the season, it was not enough to catch the Wolves 7-1 lead.
Going into the final frame, the Firebirds made a switch in goaltenders, subbing in Emanuel Vella for Luke Cavallin in hopes to change the pace of their game. Ethan Keppen scored on the power play to make it 7-2. Blake Murray then followed up with a nice goal off a centering feed from Nolan Hutcheson that completed the hat-trick. With less than a minute left to play, Nolan Hutcheson marked his second of the game to bring the score to a 9-2 final.
The Wolves will be back in action Sunday afternoon when they welcome former wolf Jake McGrath and the Niagara IceDogs at 3:05pm. Great seats are still online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets or Sudburywolves.com. Sunday is Finnish Day at the Sudbury Arena and the first 1000 fans will receive limited Edition Luukkonen Finnish Flags.