It was a re-match between two Northern rivals Friday night as the Wolves welcomed the North Bay Battalion to the Sudbury Arena. After being beaten on their home turf Thursday, the Battalion came out with a vengeance as they topped the Wolves with a 4-1 victory.
Alexey Lipanov was the lone goal scorer for the Wolves playing in one of his best games of the season, earning praise from Head Coach Cory Stillman post-game and was named the second star of the night.
Bad blood from Thursday night boiled over into Friday’s game and continued throughout the match-up with both Captains, Kyle Rhodes and Riley Bruce, dropping the gloves four minutes in to the opening frame. The Battalion notched two goals on the scoresheet in the first period, with Luke Burghardt and Justin Brazeau each beating Jake McGrath.
Halfway through the second period, Jake Henderson extended the Battalion’s lead to three goals. Liam Ross recorded his second fight in as many games as he dropped the gloves with Rhys Forhan. With less than a minute left in the period, Lipanov scored a beauty as he released a one-timer from the top of the circle. Blake Murray and Peter Stratis picked up assists on the goal.
Despite out-shooting the Battalion in the third period, the Wolves weren’t able to find the back of the net. With five minutes remaining in the game, Luke Moncada scored to end the game with a 4-1 final. The Battalion out-shot the Wolves with a 36-31 final.
The Sudbury Wolves will finish the weekend on Sunday against the Peterborough Petes at 2:00am. Tickets are on-sale now online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets and at the Box Office starting at 11:00am on Sunday. Sunday’s game is sponsored by Subway. Olympic Silver Medalist, Rebecca Johnston, will also be on-hand Sunday to drop the puck and sign autographs for fans behind section 2 throughout the game. Fans are also encouraged to wear purple in support of Epilepsy Awareness Month.