Monday night the Sudbury Wolves hosted Game 4 of the Subway Super Series, between Team OHL vs. Team Russia. The Sudbury Arena’s 4,886 fans were enlightened to an exceptional and exciting shootout finish. However the outcome was not what the home crowd wished for as Russian forward Nikolai Skladnichenko finished it in the 8th round of the shootout to end the game, 3-2 for the Russians.
Russian forward ILDAR SHIKSATDAROV opened the scoring less than five minutes into the opening period as MARK SKUTAR made no mistake finding SHIKSATDAROV wide open in the slot. After the first 20 minutes, Team OHL outshot Team Russia an outstanding 19-5, however the Russians were up by two.
Team OHL finally found the back of the net as BO HORVAT threw one on net from the corner and luckily found success. Less than two minutes later, Wolves superstar NICHOLAS BAPTISTE dug deep to complete a brilliant play to CARTER VERHAEGHE to complete the comeback, 2-2 after two periods of hockey.
With numerous chances coming at both ends of the rink and spectacular goaltending coming from both goalkeepers, the game still needed a winner. With no overtime, the game went straight to a five-player shootout. With the game still tied after five shooters, additional shooters were needed. It wasn’t until the 8th round when NIKOLAI SKLADNICHENKO ended the game with a dangle that left PATERSON without a chance.
Russian goaltender IVAN NALIMOV was outstanding in net and was awarded player of the game for Team Russia. Nalimov faced a total of 50 shots in this one and without a doubt was exceptional. Barrie Colts blueliner AARON EKBLAD was presented with the player of the game award for Team OHL.
The Sudbury Wolves organization would like to thank all fans in attendance for their continuing support and making this event as exciting as possible! Without you the event could not have been made possible.