The Sudbury Wolves were at home Saturday night to complete their double header weekend. Division rivals, the Mississauga Steelheads made their first appearance of the season at the Sudbury Arena. Extras frames were needed to determine a winner where the Wolves came out on top in a thrilling 4-3 shootout victory.
Alan Lyszczarczyk put the Wolves on the board less than halfway through the opening period to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Ryan Valentini picked up the assist on the only goal of the period. Both teams had a limited number of chances in the first as the Steelheads led shots on goal 9-5 after one period of play.
Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov scored his 11th goal of the season midway through the second period to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead. Aiden Jamieson and Kyle Capobianco assisted the powerplay marker. The Wolves continued to hold the Steelheads off the scoresheet, however the visitors continued to lead shots on goal 27 to 15 after two periods of play.
The Steelheads came flying out of the gate in the third, scoring three quick unanswered goals in a span of 5 minutes off the sticks of Marcus Dickerson, Shaw Boomhower and Michael McLeod. The Wolves weren’t about to roll over as Dmitry Sokolov scored his second of the game to tie the game up at three. The two teams exchanged chances in the final 7 minutes, however extra time was needed to determine the winner.
Overtime solved nothing so the two teams were off to a shootout. Wolves’ goaltender Jake McGrath allowed one goal on 4 shooters, while Dmitry Sokolov and C.J. Yakimowicz put the puck past Steelheads goaltender, Matthew Mancina, to solidify the win for the home team by a final score of 4-3. Final shots on goal were 37 to 26 in favour of the Steelheads.
The Wolves are back on home ice next Friday night when they host the Erie Otters at 7pm for a special Remembrance Day game sponsored by The Northern Life.