The Wolves hosted the Sarnia Sting Friday night for the only time this season at the Sudbury Arena. It was a team effort as six different Wolves scored to help solidify a big win for the home-team as they soundly defeated the Sting by a 7-3 final.
The Wolves got off to a strong start in the first period. Wolves’ fans could feel the electric and exciting atmosphere all game long. Big hits from MICHAEL PEZZETTA early in the period helped fire-up both the crowd and the players. DMITRY SOKOLOV scored first off of a great play from DAVID LEVIN to take the 1-0 lead. Sudbury native JACOB STOS had a stand-out game for the Sting as he played in his first OHL game in his hometown. His impact was seen early as he dropped the gloves with ZACH WILKIE. However, STOS’ eagerness couldn’t match WILKIE‘s experience as WILKIE ended up getting the best of STOS. With 1:10 seconds left in the period CJ YAKIMOWICZ scored his eighth of the season to extend the Wolves lead to 2. The Wolves led 2-0 after 20 minutes with shots on goal 14-8 in favour of the Wolves.
There was a slew of goals to start the second with ALAN LYSZCZARCZYK and MACAULEY CARSON adding two back-to-back goals. Seconds later STOS continued his show at home, as he scored an unassisted goal to get the Sting on the board. DAVID LEVIN scored his first of two with a hard top-shelf goal to push the Wolves lead back to four. The Sting however didn’t sit back, as THEO CALVAS scored his first OHL goal to cut the Wolves lead to 5-2.
Seconds into the third period, JORDAN KYROU scored for the Sting to make it 5-3. The Wolves weren’t done scoring as LEVIN and AIDEN JAMIESON both added highlight-reel goals. LEVIN’s came from RYAN VALENTINI, as he shot a no-look pass that found LEVIN’s stick perfectly. JAMIESON’s goal was just as nice as he walked in, past the Sting defenceman to extend the lead to 7-3. That would do it as the Wolves closed out this game with a 7-3 final with shots on goal 38-29 in favour of the Wolves..
Friday’s game also marked MACKENZIE SAVARD’s first OHL win as he made 26 saves in the process.
The Sudbury Wolves will host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Saturday night at 7pm for the fourth installment of the Bell Cup Challenge. Saturday’s game is sponsored by Giant Tiger. Come join in on the Wolves push to the playoffs! Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets. Avoid the lines and come down early to get your seats today. The Sudbury Arena Box Office will be open at 4pm tomorrow.
Survivor Celina McKinnon helped kick off Heart and Stroke month prior to the game with a ceremonial puck drop.