Wolf Pack split home game stretch in OHL Playoffs Opening Round
The Sudbury Wolves finished the regular season in the sixth spot, and as such are facing the third ranked Oshawa Generals. Following a two game stretch on the road in the Generals’ home arena where each team picked up a victory, the Wolves would again pick up a win on Tuesday night, but the Generals would claim one also on Thursday night.
Following Friday night’s game, the Wolf Pack will return home on Sunday for game 6.
The Wolves were ready to set the intensity for the opening round to another level on Tuesday night. In a matchup that had a lot of hype heading in with both teams holding a win, the boys were looking to build some steam. They most certainly delivered.
They experienced some early adversity in the first period caused by the Oshawa General baiting the Wolves into frequent penalties (a running theme this series). Penalty box regulars such as Darian Pilon, Chandler Yakimowicz sat out precious minutes in a heated game. However, Oshawa received their own penalties with Serron Noel and Alex di Carlo and Kenny Huether.
Some strong performance highlights in this game came from: team leader in scoring Dimitry Sokolov, heavy hitter Macauley Carson, and surging Michael Pezzetta each with one goal for the Wolves. As well as great net minding by Jake McGrath who persisted throughout the game. Oshawa star performers were: Robbie Burt and Danil Antropov with their goals.
Heading in to the Thursday night matchup, the Sudbury Wolves were brimming with confidence and energy fresh off their win taking the series lead. This intensity manifested itself with a night filled with frequent visits to the penalty box, and missed opportunities. Oshawa continued their strategy of baiting their rivals and capitalizing on the power play, taking and holding their early lead the entire game.
While the Wolves would battle back with two goals, it ultimately wouldn’t mean much as the clock ran out without a change on the scoreboard.
Strong Oshawa performances in this game came from: net minder Jeremy Brodeur with an impressive turn, Joe Manchurek with the initial goal, Renars Krastenbergs with his goal, Robbie Burt also with a goal and closed out by a goal by Domenic Commisso.
The stars for the Wolves were: playoff hero Dimitry Sokolov with his goal and an assist, as well as David Levin’s goal to put Sudbury on the board.
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