The Sudbury Wolves continued their Western Conference road swing Saturday night as they made their one and only appearance of the season in Sarnia against the Sting. Dmitry Sokolov scored two goals in the game and was named second star, however it wasn’t enough to help the Wolves defeat the Sting as they fell by a 5-2 final.
Sokolov put the Wolves on the board early in the first as he put the puck past Sting goaltender Aidan Hughes 3:41 into the frame. The Sting responded less than three minutes later on a goal by Jordan Ernst. They added two more before the period came to a close to take a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Shots on goal after the first period were 12 shots apiece.
In the second, the Sting controlled much of the play, outshooting the Wolves 19-7. The Sting extended their lead to 4-1 within the first five minutes of the period. The Wolves battled back as Sokolov scored his second of the game with six minutes remaining in the period. This was as close as the Wolves came, as the Sting would add one more in the third to take the contest by a final score of 5-2. Final shots on goal were 42-22 in favour of the Sting.
Zach Wilkie, Liam Dunda and Conor Ali each picked up an assist in the contest, while Jake McGrath made 37 saves in net for the Wolves.
The Wolves will wrap up their 3-in-3 weekend Sunday at 4:00pm with a stop in Guelph against the Storm. You can tune in and listen to the Wolves on the road with Bryan Cooper and his live play-by-play call online at Mixlr.com (http://mixlr.com/sudburywolves/). The broadcast can also be heard through the Sudbury Wolves Mobile App.