Playoff action returned to the Sudbury Arena for the first time in three years for Game 3 of the first round of the OHL playoffs. The Wolves were looking to take the series lead as they went into the game tied 1-1 with the Oshawa Generals. The crowd was loud, and the Wolves did not disappoint as they beat the Generals by a 3-2 final to give them a 2-1 series lead.
Despite a strong push in the final minutes of the first period, the Wolves went into the dressing room down 1-0. The lone goal of the frame came from Robbie Burt as he snuck the puck past a Wolves defender to give the Generals the early lead. The Wolves had the crowd cheering with a number of huge hits in the period as they played a hard and physical game. Jake McGrath was solid in net, making many keys saves throughout. Shots on goal at the end of the first period were 13-9 in favour of the Generals.
The Wolves had a solid second period as they scored three unanswered goals. Dmitry Sokolov put the Wolves on the board when he scored five-hole on Jeremy Brodeur. Macauley Carson scored a power play goal to give the Wolves their first lead of when game when he settled the puck before sending it into the back of the net. The third goal came on a short-handed odd-man rush, which resulted in Michael Pezzetta scoring a beautiful goal. Patick Sanvido and Liam Dunda both picked up assists on the play. The Wolves went into the third period up 3-1.
The Wolves continued to surge ahead in the third period, managing to hold off the high-flying Generals. With 7:44 left in the third period, Danil Antropov shot over McGrath’s glove hand to put the Generals within one. Timely saves from McGrath kept the Generals from tying the game, and earned him second star honours. The Wolves held on for a 3-2 victory, with final shots on goal 35-29 in favour of the Generals.
The Wolves will have one day of rest as Game 4 takes place Thursday at 7:00pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Arena Box Office, by calling 705-671-3000 or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.
With the win, tickets will go on-sale for Home Playoff Game #3 (Game #6 of the series) on Wednesday March 29th at 11:00am at the Sudbury Arena Box Office, by phone or online.