Wolves Stung Late, Fall 5-4 to Sting
The Sudbury Wolves ended off a busy three-in-three weekend on Sunday afternoon as they paid a visit to the Sarnia Sting. After a strong first period, the fourth ranked CHL team climbed back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Wolves by a 5-4 final.
It was the first game against former Captain Michael Pezzetta after he was traded from the Wolves at the trade deadline. Prior to puck drop, Captain Kyle Rhodes presented Pezzetta with a commemorative print recognizing his accomplishments from his time with the Wolves.
Another strong first period for the Wolves saw the dominant line of Pilon-Murray-Pilon continue to click with each member scoring a goal. Blake Murray opened the scoring as he gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game. Drake Pilon connected with Blake Murray to extend the Wolves lead to 2-0 early in the period. With the Sting on the power play, Anthony Salinitri capitalized on the man advantage to cut their deficit in half. The Wolves weren’t done as Darian Pilon scored unassisted to lengthen the Wolves lead, with his twelfth of the season. A goal from Shane Bulitka assisted by Macauley Carson and Anthony Tabak extended the lead to 4-1. With seconds remaining in the period, Jordan Kyrou ended a busy period notching a goal to cut the Wolves lead in half once again.
Goals at the beginning and end of the second period for the Sting tied the game at 4. Sarnia goals came from Connor Schlichting followed by Jonathan Ang who both played a solid game for the Sting as they each recorded three points with a goal and two assists, and were named stars.
Jordan Ernst broke the tie just over three minutes into the period when he beat Marshall Frappier to give the Sting their only lead of the game. It would be the only lead they needed, as they closed the game with a 5-4 final, with final shots on net 36-26 in favour of the Sting.
The Wolves will spend the week practicing before a double header weekend at home when the team faces off against the Oshawa Generals on Friday and the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday. Puck drop for both games is at 7:05pm and tickets are available at the Sudbury Arena Box Office, by phone, or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.