Wolves Unable to Hold After Quick Start
The Sudbury Wolves visited the North Bay Battalion for a Thursday night match-up between the two Northern rivals. After going up 3-0 in the first period with goals from Blake Murray, Darian Pilon, and Alexey Lipanov, it was the Battalion who prevailed, coming back to win the game 5-3.
Positives notes for the Wolves included a multi-point night for both Darian Pilon and Blake Murray with each picking up a goal and an assist. Jake McGrath faced a number of shots from the Battalion, making a total of 45 saves.
The Wolves had a solid first period taking a 3-0 lead over their rivals. Murray got the Wolves on the board first with a goal that came off a rebound on a shot from Drake Pilon. The Pilon line centered by Murray connected three minutes later with a goal from Darian Pilon after he released a one-timer that beat Christian Propp. With the period winding down, Alexey Lipanov ended a strong opener for the Wolves with a goal with 19.8 second remaining.
With a role reversal in the second period, the Battalion scored three goals to tie up the game. Luke Burghardt started it off for the Battalion as he broke in alone on Jake McGrath to begin to cut the Wolves’ lead. Two dangerous power plays for the Battalion were the difference maker with goals from Justin Brazeau and Andy Baker.
The Wolves held off heavy pressure from the Battalion for the beginning of the third period. After a solid chance from Macauley Carson at one end of the ice, the Battalion scored to give themselves a 4-3 lead. The goal came as Adam Thilander accepted a drop pass from Burghardt that he sent top shelf. With time winding down and the Wolves net empty, Adam McMaster scored to solidify a 5-3 Battalion win.
The Battalion outshot the Wolves 50-29. Murray was named third star for his multi-point performance. With their goals, Murray and Darian Pilon now sit second on the team in goals both scoring their eleventh of the season tonight.
The Wolves will return to action Friday night in Sudbury as they take on the Saginaw Spirit and then on Saturday with a re-match against the North Bay Battalion. Both games set at 7:05 pm. Tickets for both games are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.