The Sudbury Wolves were in Ottawa Sunday afternoon to wrap up their Eastern Conference road trip against the 67’s. Despite a slow start and plenty of back and forth action with the 67’s, the Wolves came on strong in the second and third to clinch a 7-5 victory.
The opening period saw plenty of up and down hockey between the Wolves and 67’s, however it was the 67’s that were first to get on the board. Ben Evans went top shelf over Jake McGrath to give the 67’s the lead. The 67’s led shots on goal 14-13 after twenty minutes.
The 67’s extended their lead to 2-0 41 seconds into the second period on a power play goal by Travis Barron. However, Dmitry Sokolov put the Wolves on the board 18 seconds later to cut the 67’s lead in half. The Wolves would mount their comeback as Shane Bulitka scored on a breakaway just over the midway point of the period to tie the Wolves and 67’s up at two apiece. Patrick Sanvido scored from the point three minutes later to give the Wolves their first lead of the game. Artur Tyanulin scored on the power play to tie the game up at 3. Ryan Valentini finished off a nice play from Dmitry Sokolov and David Levin to get the lead back heading out of the second. Shots on goal after two periods was 28-26 in favour of the 67’s.
In the third, the 67’s scored two quick ones right off the hop to take a 5-4 lead over the Wolves. The game continued it’s back and forth play as Michael Pezzetta scored to tie things back up at 5. Pezzetta was awarded a shorthanded penalty shot near the midway point of the period and made no mistake as he beat the 67’s goaltender to take a 6-5 lead. Sokolov scored a beauty goal off his backhand to extend the Wolves lead to 7-5.
The Wolves will travel to Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday to battle the Greyhounds in hopes of clinching the Bell Challenge Cup at 7:07pm. They will return to action at home on Friday night when they host the North Bay Battalion at 7:00pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office.