The Sudbury Wolves were in Flint Friday night looking to get back in the win column. Despite a late rally by the Firebirds, the Sudbury Wolves were able to pull together to take the game in overtime by a final score of 5-4.
In the first period, MICHAEL PEZZETTA opened the scoring on the first shot of the game with a short-handed goal. MACAULEY CARSON picked up the assists on the play. Sudbury continued to dominate in the first as they had an explosive first period. RYAN VALENTINI fed DMITRY SOKOLOV his 18th goal of the season to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead with less than 4 minutes remaining in the first. The Wolves headed to the dressing room up by two with the Firebirds leading shots on goal 19-8 after twenty minutes.
The Wolves came out aggressive on the forecheck to start the second frame. They were able to capitalize half way through the period when DAVID LEVIN made a nice play in the offensive zone to steal the puck and pass it in front to ALAN LYSZCZARCZYK. Lyszczarczyk’s 12th goal of the season put the Wolves out in front 3-0. The Firebirds wouldn’t go down without a fight as a mere minute later CONNOR SILLS scored to cut the deficit to 3-1. With a minute remaining in the second period Flint’s ZACK PITTMAN cut the lead to 3-2. Just 15 seconds later, the Wolves extended their lead to 4-2 with a breakaway goal by BRADY PATAKI. ZACK BOWMAN played strong in net, making 15 saves in the second period alone. Shots on goal at the end of the second period were 34-17 in favor of the Firebirds.
The third period saw the Firebirds begin to capitalize on their scoring chances. RYAN MOORE scored for the Firebirds with a nice feed from NICHOLAS CAAMANO and ALEX DI CARLO to bring them within one. With the score 4-3 LUKE KIRWAN notched a goal for the Firebirds with 3 minutes left in the period to tie the game at 4-4. The game remained tied at the end of regulation to force overtime. Shots on goal at the end of regulation were 52-23 in favor of the Firebirds.
An exciting and fast paced overtime would end when RYAN VALENTINI escaped a defender and put two shots on net. MIKKEL AAGAARD was the hero as he put the rebound in behind the Firebirds’ goaltender with 51 seconds to go to give the Wolves the 5-4 victory. ZACK BOWMAN was phenomenal in net making 51 saves on 55 shots and added an assist on the winning goal.
The Wolves road trip will continue tonight when they battle the Saginaw Spirit at 7:05pm. Wolves’ fans can follow the team on the road by tuning into the live play-by-play with Stew Kernan on KFM 95.5.