Wolves Storm Past Guelph in Season Opener
A comeback win from the Sudbury Wolves solidified two big points as the team opened the season on the road Friday night. The Wolves faced off against the Guelph Storm at the Sleeman Centre, as they climbed back from a two-goal deficit to double up on the Storm with a 4-2 final.
Rookie Quinton Byfield scored his first OHL goal as he created his own breakaway, enroute to a two-point night. Drake Pilon and Liam Ross both followed suit with multi-point outings, as they each added a goal and an assist.
Two power play goals from the Storm allowed the home team to take a two-goal lead with markers from Nate Schnarr and Liam Hawel. A massive save from Jake McGrath, midway through the frame, turned the game around as minutes later the Wolves received a power play that led to a goal from Shane Bulitka. Byfield picked up his first OHL point with an assist on the play, while Peter Stratis picked up the second helper. Strong momentum from the Wolves followed, as after the goal they out-shot the Storm 8-1.
The Wolves took over for the remainder of the game as Ross walked in and unloaded a slap-shot from the hashmarks beating Anthony Popovich to tie the game at 2. With the Wolves on a penalty kill, Drake Pilon scored short-handed to give the Wolves their first lead of the game. Last season, Drake Pilon led the team in short-handed goals with a total of three. McGrath made a number of solid saves throughout the period, while the Wolves continued to out-shoot the Storm 19-16.
Pressure continued in the third period as the Wolves continued to pepper the Storm netminder. The team continued to shut down the Storm, with McGrath turning away every shot. Byfield showcased his speed and skill as he created a breakaway, streaking past both Storm defencemen, scoring a highlight reel goal with his first in the OHL. That would do it for the game, as the Wolves skated away with a 4-2 final, shots on net 29-22 in Sudbury’s favour.
The Sudbury Wolves will return to action tomorrow night as they continue their opening road-swing in Owen Sound at 7:30pm. Fans can follow the game by listening live on mixlr.com/sudburywolves or on CKLU 96.7.