The Sudbury Wolves traveled to Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday to take on the Greyhounds in game one of the Bell Challenge Cup. Dmitry Sokolov scored his second hat trick of the season helping to lead the Wolves to a 6-2 victory over the Greyhounds.
Sokolov opened the scoring just over 5 minutes into the first period when he wristed the puck top shelf over the Hounds goaltender Joseph Raaymakers. Alex Gritz scored his first career OHL goal for the Greyhounds at the 12 minute mark to tie the game up at 1. Sokolov then took over the rest of the period as he scored two more goals before the period closed out to complete the hat trick. Shots on goal after the opening 20 minutes were 20 to 12 in favour of the Greyhounds.
The Wolves continued to tickle the twine in the second as Michael Pezzetta, Ryan Valentini and Drake Pilon all tallied goals to give the Wolves a 6-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Greyhounds switched goaltenders at the 13 minute mark in hopes of sparking the team. Wolves’ goaltender Jake McGrath made a number of solid saves in net as the Hounds outshot the Wolves 33 to 21 after two periods.
Conor Timmins added one more goal for the Greyhounds early in the thirds period to close the gap to 6-2, however that was as close as they would come as the Wolves took game one of the Bell Challenge Cup by a final score of 6-2. McGrath made 40 saves in the victory as final shots on goal were 42-28 in favour of the Greyhounds.
The Wolves are back on home ice Friday night when they host the Peterborough Petes at 7pm. Be a part of the New Era and come join the fun! Tickets are on-sale at the Sudbury Arena Box Office, and available by calling 705-671-3000 or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets