The Sudbury Wolves traveled to Barrie to take on the 7th ranked team in the CHL, the Barrie Colts for a divisional match-up Thursday night. After a strong offensive performance by the Wolves, they skated away with an 8-2 final with goals from Dmitry Sokolov, Blake Murray, Drake Pilon, Anthony Tabak, Troy Lajeunesse, and Macauley Carson.
Multiple players recorded multi-point nights including Dmitry Sokolov who recorded two goals and two assists, Blake Murray with two goals, and Drake Pilon with a goal and an assist. Darian Pilon, Michael Pezzetta, and Emmett Serensits all recorded two assists. The game also marked the return of Blake Murray who returned earlier this week from the World U17 Challenge.
Drake Pilon and Tyler Tucker set the tone for the match-up, dropping the gloves less than a minute into the frame. The Wolves had a slow start recording only four shots in the first period as the Colts took the lead. Alexey Lipanov scored for the Colts three minutes into the game as he slipped a rebound past Jake McGrath. The Colts led 1-0 after the first period.
The offensive onslaught started in the second period with Sokolov tying the game at one on the power play three minutes into the period. Blake Murray then beat Leo Lazarev on the power play as well to give the Wolves the 2-1 lead. The Wolves added two more goals in the second period off of a short-handed two-on-one from Drake Pilon for his first of the season and Sokolov’s second of the game. The Wolves ended the period up 4-1.
Scoring would continue in the third as Murray, Tabak, Lajeunesse, and Carson all added goals for the Wolves. Tabak’s goal was his first of his OHL career, coming three minutes into the period. The Colts added one goal in the third from Zachary Magwood, but that was as close as they came as McGrath stood tall in net. The Wolves ended with an 8-2 final, with shots on net 35-25 in favour of the Colts.
The Wolves will now travel back to Sudbury to prepare for a double header weekend at home. The Wolves will host both Northern rivals this weekend at the Sudbury Arena. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds make a stop here Friday night at 7:05pm for Game 4 of the Bell Challenge Cup. Then on Sunday afternoon, the Wolves look for revenge as they welcome the North Bay Battalion at 2:00pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.