The Wolves kicked off their Western Conference road swing Friday night with a stop in London to face the Knights. Despite the Knights jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the second, the Wolves were able to battle back to regain the lead, however were unable to close out the victory as they fell 5-4 in overtime.
The Wolves and Knights both had a number of great chances in the first period, however neither could get on the scoreboard as the two teams headed to their respective dressing rooms tied 0-0 after the opening 20 minutes. The Wolves led shots on goal 10-9 after the first.
The flood gates opened in the second. The Knights were the first to get on the scoreboard on a goal by Alex Formenton midway through the period. Four minutes later, they extended their lead to 2-0 on a goal off the stick of Olli Juolevi. The Wolves then took over the remainder of the period. Sokolov got things started for the Wolves with his 25th of the season. Less than three minutes later, he added his second of the game on a beauty goal as he deaked out the Knight’s goaltender to tie up the game. Zach Wilkie scored on the power play to give the Wolves a 3-2 lead shortly after. The Wolves led shots on goal 22-21 after forty minutes.
David Levin extended the Wolves lead to 4-2 on the power play early in the third. Cliff Pu scored for the Knights just two minutes later to bring them within one. Liam Foudy scored the tying goal for the nights with over five minutes remaining in the period. Regulation solved nothing, so they would head to the extra frame. Victor Mete was the hero for London as he scored the game winner just 17 seconds into overtime. Final shots on goal were 41-32 in favour of the Knights. Sokolov was named third star for his two goal performance.
The Wolves will continue their road swing Saturday with a stop in Sarnia against the Sting at 7:05pm. You can tune in and listen to the Wolves on the road with Bryan Cooper and his live play-by-play call online at Mixlr.com (http://mixlr.com/sudburywolves/). The broadcast can also be heard through the Sudbury Wolves Mobile App.