Wolves Unable to Complete Comeback Against IceDogs
The Wolves returned home after the Christmas break to face-off against the Niagara IceDogs at the Sudbury Arena Friday night. Despite a solid effort from the Wolves and a late comeback attempt, an empty net goal ended the game allowing the IceDogs to take away a 7-4 win.
Ryan O’Bonsawin, an affiliate call-up player from the Rayside Balfour Canadians, scored his first OHL goal for the Wolves to earn him the third star of the game. Wolves goals also came from Drake Pilon and rookies Anthony Tabak and Emmett Serensits.
In an even matched first period, the IceDogs managed to get some bounces their way to end the period up 3-0. Ben Jones scored first as he received a bounce off of a Wolves player that landed on his stick and slide it into the open net. Johnny Corneil and Billy Constantinou added two quick goals seven seconds apart to extend the IceDogs lead.
The Wolves outshot the IceDogs 21-16 after the second period but didn’t have enough to show for it on the score clock. Kirill Maksimov opened the second period by scoring two minutes into the frame to extend the IceDogs lead to 4-0. Finally, pressure paid off for the Wolves as Tabak put the team on the board after capitalizing on a scramble in front of IceDogs goaltender, Stephen Dhillon. The IceDogs added a powerplay goal late in the period from Danial Singer to end the second with a 5-1 lead over the Wolves.
Goals from Emmett Serensits, Ryan O’Bonsawin, and Drake Pilon sparked the team and the fans in the third period, but the comeback came just short as the IceDogs added an empty net goal from Singer who netted his second of the game. Akil Thomas also recorded a goal for the IceDogs in the third to take the game by the 7-4 final. Final shots on net were 33-31 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves will return to action at home on Sunday when they host the Guelph Storm at 2:00pm in a New Year’s Eve Matinee match-up. Sunday’s game marks the inaugural Ugly Holiday Sweater game where the Wolves will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game in support of the Infant Food Bank and Pregnancy Care Centre. Fans are encouraged to wear Ugly Holiday Sweaters for the chance to win great prizes! Special New Year’s Eve Family packs are available at sudburywolvestickets.com until Dec. 30th at midnight. Regular tickets are on-sale now online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.