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Wolves Win OT Thriller

A beautiful overtime goal from Dmitry Sokolov ended a high scoring match-up between the divisional rivals, the Sudbury Wolves and the Niagara IceDogs Friday night. After a total of eleven goals, the Wolves came out victorious with a 6-5 final.

It was a night of firsts for Emmett Serensits and call-up Evan Krassey as both of them scored their first OHL goals. Michael Pezzetta continues to play great games against the IceDogs this season, and he did not disappoint tonight as he showcased a solid game collecting a beautiful goal and an assist. Dmitry Sokolov, Shane Bulitka, Michael Pezzetta, Troy Lajeunesse, and Evan Krassey all tallied multi-point nights. Jake McGrath also had a solid night in net as he battled hard for the win.

A power play goal from Ben Jones opened the scoring halfway through the first period to put the IceDogs up 1-0. It didn’t take the Wolves long to respond, as Sokolov beat Stephen Dhillon off of a one-timer to tie the game. In the final minutes of the frame, Bulitka fed Krassey in front of the net to give the Wolves the lead heading into the intermission.

The teams managed to find the back of the net a total of five times in the second period starting with the IceDogs, as Kirill Maksimov tied the game seconds into the frame. A minute later the Wolves regained the lead as Emmett Serensits released a rocket from the point. Pezzetta was the other goal scorer for the Wolves in the period as a beautiful tic-tac-toe play between Pezzetta, Lajeunesse, and Sokolov led to a highlight reel goal. For the IceDogs, Singer and Philip who found their way past McGrath to sit the score at 4-4.

In the third, the IceDogs responded quickly once again to give them a 5-4 lead. This goal marked Jones’ second goal of the night. The Wolves found their stride halfway through the period with their strong pressure paying off as Lajeunesse tied the game with five minutes remaining. The third period concluded in a tie, so overtime was required to solidify a winner.

In a fast-paced 3-on-3 overtime, Sokolov beat Dhillon top shelf on a breakaway to end the game with a 6-5 final. Final shots on net were 41-33 in favour of the IceDogs.

Sokolov was named the first star of the night after a three-point night including the game winner, and Krassey received the third star.

The Sudbury Wolves will be back on home ice Saturday night as they finish up their double header weekend when they take on the Mississauga Steelheads at 7:05 pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets. The box office will open Saturday at 4:00 pm.

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