The Wolves lost a tough one Saturday night to the Western Conference leading Erie Otters by a final score of 5-2. Saturday night’s match-up between the Erie Otters and the Sudbury Wolves hosted a total of 6750 fans in attendance, marking a new record in Erie’s franchise history.
The Wolves fared well after a strong showing in the first period giving up only a few chances at their end of the rink. However, Erie would open the scoring late in the first to make it 1-0. The Wolves were outshot 14-11 after the first 20 minutes of action.
In the second period, the home ice Otters showed why they are ranked #1 in the league as they netted 3 goals in a span of 4 minutes to advance their lead to 4-0. Shots on goal after 40 minutes of play were 28-21 in favour of the home team, Erie Otters.
In the third period, the Wolves showed no mercy and kept up with the Otters giving them a run for their money. On the man advantage, the Wolves capitalized with a goal coming from the stick of CRAIG DUININCK (assisted by KYLE CAPOBIANCO) to break the Otters shutout. Three minutes later, the Otters answered with another goal to extend the lead the 5-1. Late in the third, RAY HUETHER notched his second of the season for the Wolves, however it wasn’t enough as the Wolves fell by a final score of 5-2.
The Wolves were without the services of defenceman KEVIN RAINE, JEFF CORBETT, EVAN de HAAN and DOMINIK KUBALIK.
The Wolves now head home and will rest up until Wednesday night, when the team travels to Sault Ste. Marie to take on the Greyhounds.