The Sudbury Wolves ended their 3-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Central Division rival Barrie Colts.
Both teams had chances early in the first; however, neither team could finish their opportunities. The Wolves eventually got the upper hand in the back and forth affair as DOMINIK KAHUN poked home a loose puck that snuck behind NEIDERBERGER. The Wolves quickly doubled their lead after NATE PANCEL finished off a great feed from DOMINIK KUBALIK for his team leading 25th goal of the season. MATHEW CAMPAGNA picked up the 2nd assist on the goal at 16:16 of the 1st period.
After weathering the storm early in the 2nd that saw 6 shots fired at FRANK PALAZZESE in the first 2 minutes, the Wolves began to take over. KAHUN notched his 2nd of the night 2:45 into the 2nd frame as he waited for Barrie goaltender MATHIAS NIEDERBERGER to drop to the knees before ripping a wrist shot over his glove. Assists were credited to JACOB HARRIS & CHAD THIBODEAU.
Midway through the 2nd, Barrie star MARK SCHEIFELE received a 5 minute boarding penalty and game misconduct for a big hit on Wolves forward, BRODY SILK. SILK remained down for a minute and didn’t return to the game. The Wolves took advantage of the major penalty as PANCEL scored his 2nd of the night on a backdoor feed from NICK BAPTISTE. DOMINIK KUBALIK also notched his 2nd assist of the game on the play.
Barrie got one back early in the 3rd as ANDREAS ATHANASIOU notched his 25th of the season at 6:35 of the 3rd. The Colts struck again with less than 4 minutes remaining when ZACH HALL beat PALAZZESE on the power play. The Wolves seemed to have put the game away with 2 minutes left by way of a NICK BAPTISTE wrist shot from the slot however the goal was called back with an interference minor being handed to NATE PANCEL. The Colts quickly drew within one with as ATHANASIOU added his second marker of the game with 1:38 remaining but Sudbury fired back with a DANNY DESROCHERS empty netter to put the game away for the Wolves.
The Barrie Colts(36-19-2-2) will finish off the weekend when they host the Guelph Storm at the Barrie Molson Centre, Saturday February 23rd. Barrie will look to snap their longest losing skid of the season which sits at four games. Puck drop is 7:30.