The Sudbury Wolves ended the weekend in Saginaw on Sunday in a match-up against the Spirit. In a chippy game between the two teams, it was the Spirit who prevailed as they added an empty net goal to take a 5-2 final.
Drake Pilon continued his stellar play scoring both of the Wolves’ goals in the game to bring his total of goals score over the past three games to five. The goals came as his 14th and 15th on the season, to put him second on the team in goals scored behind Blake Murray with 18. Drake’s multi-point night also earned him the second star of the game.
In the first, it was a quick start for the Spirit as Cole Coskey beat Jake McGrath just over a minute into the game. The Wolves responded with a goal from Drake Pilon as he wired a quick pass from Shane Bulitka, as he was falling, to tie the game at 1-1. Ryan Stepien gave the Spirit their lead back before a late period goal from Blade Jenkins extended it to make it 3-1. A disallowed goal from the Wolves came as the referees deemed the play offside.
The second period was a busy one with a total of 36 penalty minutes recorded between the two teams. Three fights broke out between the two teams throughout the frame as Shane Bulitka and Max Grondin, Dawson Baker and Aidan Prueter, and Darian Pilon and Caleb Everett all dropped the gloves. Each team hit the back of the net once as Sudbury native, Damien Giroux released a quick shot just before a line change that beat McGrath to extend their lead. In response, Drake Pilon added his second of the game as he deflected a shot from Peter Stratis to cut the Spirit’s lead in half. The teams were even on the shot clock through the second, each recording 9 shots.
The Wolves out-shot the Spirit in the third period as they played hard looking for the tie. At the other end, McGrath made numerous big saves for the Wolves to keep the team in the game. With the Wolves net empty, Coskey scored his second of the game to seal the victory for the Spirit. Final shots on net were 36-32 in favour of the Spirit.
The Wolves will end their seven-game road swing on Thursday night in North Bay as they take on the Battalion in the first of a home-and-home series. Game time is 7:00pm. Fans can follow the action by tuning in to CKLU 96.7 or listening to mixlr.com/sudburywolves. Fans can also tune in to Eastlink Channel 10 or HD610 to watch the game live.