The Sudbury Wolves welcomed one of the Western Conference leaders, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Saturday for what was another great outing for the Wolves this weekend. Building off of Friday night’s momentum, the Wolves came out of the gates flying and didn’t stop. In the end, the Wolves won by a decisive 5-2 final to take a commanding lead in the Bell Challenge Cup.
It took the Wolves just over a minute to take a very important early lead in the game. DRAKE PILON notched the early market with twin brother DARIAN PILON and PATRICK SANVIDO picking up the assists. The first minute and last minute of the period proved to be the best minutes for the Wolves, as MACAULEY CARSON scored with 45 seconds remaining to make it 2-0. The Greyhounds challenged the goal for offside but the referees deemed it a good goal. The Wolves lead both on the shot clock and score sheet after the opening period.
For the second period in a row the Wolves scored right off the hop, this time with the goal coming from LIAM DUNDA to extend the Wolves lead to 3-0. The goal was followed by multiple penalties for both the Wolves and Greyhounds. With both team short a player, BLAKE SPEERS snuck one past Wolves’ goaltender JAKE MCGRATH to cut the Wolves’ lead to 3-1. The Greyhounds scored in the final seconds of the second frame on a goal by JACK KOPACKA. KOPACKA put the puck over McGrath’s shoulder to close the gap to 3-2. Shots on goal after the second were 19-17 in favour of the Greyhounds.
In the third period, the Wolves continued to hold on to their 3-2 lead. Despite the Greyhounds desperately trying to gain back momentum, the duo of DMITRY SOKOLOV and RYAN VALENTINI continued to be a force to be reckoned with. SOKOLOV scored off of a great pass from VALENTINI, to put the Wolves up 4-2. In the final minute of the frame, DUNDA scored his second of the game on an empty net to seal the Greyhounds fate. The Wolves won their second game in two nights as they took it by a 5-2 final with shots on net 31-23 in favour of the Greyhounds.
The Wolves will hit the road for four straight road games next weekend be they return to the Sudbury Arena on February 17th when they host the North Bay Battalion. It’s a double-header weekend as the Wolves face off against the Niagara IceDogs in their 2nd annual Superhero Jersey game at 2pm. Come join in on the Wolves push to the playoffs. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets. Avoid the lines and come down early to get your seats today.