The Sudbury Wolves had a big night Friday as they tied their franchise record for most wins in a row on home ice in the annual Teddy Bear Toss game. In their 12th win in a row at home, Quinton Byfield, Cole Candella, David Levin, Jack Thompson, and Liam Ross all had multi-point nights to help the pack secure a 5-2 victory over the Kitchener Rangers with final shots on goal 29-28 in favour of the visitors. Quinton Byfield, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Shane Bulitka earned first, second, and third stars of the game for their outstanding performances.
The Wolves were able to score quick in the opening frame to take an early lead on the Rangers. Cole Candella sent the teddy bears flying on his fifth of the season at 3:58 on a beautiful shot fired in from the point. The Rangers felt the pressure as they could not get a hold of things and were unable to produce on their chances until the final minutes of the period. Joseph Garreffa gave the Rangers their first goal of the night to tie the game at one.
Kitchener took their first lead of the night when Jonathan Yantsis scored a back-door goal on the power play after the Wolves took a 2 minute minor penalty. The pack picked up the pace and at 14:31 Byfield tied the game at 2.
In the final frame, the Wolves were busy scoring three goals. Quinton Byfield scored his second of the night, alongside David Levin and Shane Bulitka who also each scored a goal.
The Sudbury Wolves would like to thank the fans for collecting over 1500 bears in the Teddy Bear Toss for the TD Toy Bank and Salvation Army.
The Wolves will hit the road Sunday to Mississauga to face-off against the Steelheads at 2:05pm. Following Sunday’s game, the Wolves will take a break for the holidays and will return to action at home on December 28th against highway 17 rivals the North Bay Battalion at 7:05pm. Great seats are available at the Sudbury Arena Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets or sudburywolves.com.