Saturday was the highly anticipated Teddy Bear Toss at the Sudbury Arena as the Wolves hosted the Spitfires in their second home game in as many nights. It also marked the return of Zach Wilkie to the line-up. The Wolves got caught only playing 40 minutes of the game as Windsor open fired in the third period taking this one by a decisive 6-0 victory.
The Wolves came out strong in the first with a good paced opening period. A high sticking penalty and a hit to the head on DRAKE PILON gave the Wolves solid chances on a 5-on-3. After an extended period without a whistle, a scrum in front of McGrath stopped the play. Both ZACH WILKIE and LOGAN STANLEY were given minor penalties as they were sent to the box for roughing. The teams were locked at 0 after 20 minutes with shots even at 5.
The Wolves continued to apply pressure in the first part of the second period, keeping the play inside the Spitfires zone. After OWEN LANE was taken down in the corner, GRAHAM KNOTT skated by the Wolves bench causing a crowd. The officials sent KNOTT to the box before ejecting him from the game for abuse of an official. With 2:32 left in the period LUKE BOKA broke the goose egg after he scored on his own rebound. The Wolves were down 1-0 after 40 minutes with shots on goal 9-8 in favour of the Wolves in the period.
The Spitfires dominated the third period scoring five unanswered goals. With two quick sets of back to back goals the Spitfires took a 5-0 lead. Goals were scored by COLE PURBOO (2), CHRISTIANO DIGIACINTO, and BOKA with his second of the night. The Spitfires added one more from AARON LUCHUK to finish with a 6-0 final. Shots on goal at the end of the game were 31-22 in favour of the Spitfires.
The Wolves will now hit the road for a series of road games before the Christmas break. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road by listening to the live play-by-play on the Sudbury Wolves app. The Wolves will return to action at the Sudbury Arena on December 30th against the Guelph Storm at 7:00pm.