Wolves showing the way in the Central
by Randy Pascal
"The first place Sudbury Wolves" - it has a certain ring to it. Not a particularly familiar ring, in recent years, but a ring, nonetheless.
On top of the Central Division standings is exactly where the local juniors are sitting these days, thanks to another solid weekend of play, which
saw coach Dave Matsos and company take two of three games.
The Wolves got things rolling quickly on Friday, jumping out to a 5-1 lead and holding on for a 6-4 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Dmitry
Sokolov showed the way with a hat-trick, while Michael Pezzetta pitched in with a two goal effort.
Alan Lyszczarczyk added a final tally, with Connor Roberts, Isaac Nurse, Matthew Strome and Trent Fox countering in a losing cause.
With the Bulldogs expected to contend for an Eastern Conference championship this year, the back-end of the home and home battle between Hamilton and
Sudbury could have been ugly.
The Wolves, however, went toe to toe with the Dogs, victimized by an oustanding 35-save performance from first star Kaden Fulcher, and dropping a
4-2 decision on the road. Strome was back on the scoresheet for a second straight game, joined by Will Bitten, Michael Cramarossa and Mackenzie
Sokolov and Pezzetta replied for Sudbury, who held a 2-1 lead late in the middle frame before Hamilton struck for a pair of goals in a span of just 84
seconds. Closing out their first "three in three" of the season, the Wolves regrouped courtesy of a balanced attack, downing the Oshawa Generals
Rookie Darian Pilon and overager C.J. Yakimowicz scored two goals each, with Shane Bulitka adding the first of his OHL career.
David Levin chipped in with a pair of assists, Macauley Carson picked up three helpers, giving him ten points in as many games, and freshman
goaltender Jake McGrath continues to show well, stopping 33 of the 36 shots that he faced.
Oshawa scoring came courtesy of Mitchell Vande Sompel, Anthony Cirelli and Domenic Commisso, as the Wolves opened up a four point lead atop
their division, boasting a record of 6-3-1-0.
The team faces another busy week, travelling west to battle the Soo Greyhounds (7-3-0-0) on Wednesday, and returning home to face the
Peterborough Petes (4-4-0-2) on Friday and Ottawa 67's (3-6-1-0) on Sunday afternoon.