The Sudbury Wolves were back at home on Friday night against the defending OHL champions, the Peterborough Petes, after a lengthy road trip and two-game losing streak.
Zach Bowen was the starting goaltender for Peterborough, while Jakub Vondras got the nod in goal for the Wolves.
Sudbury forward Quentin Musty was scratched, as he was serving the first of a two game suspension.
Sudbury didn’t waste any time getting on the board, as Evan Konyen scored his eighth goal of the season to give the Wolves an early 1-0 lead just 1:31 into the first period.
Just over six minutes later, the Petes tied the game with a goal from Quinton Pagé, his first of the season, to tie the game 1-1, which is where the teams stood after the first period, a period that saw the Wolves carry the play.
Just 13 seconds into the middle frame, Jax Dubois scored his fifth goal of the season to put the Peterborough Petes ahead by a score of 2-1.
While Peterborough dominated the next half a period, it was quiet on the scoring front until Landon McCallum scored his seventh goal of the season with 6:28 remaining in the period for the Wolves to tie the game 2-2.
Less than two minutes later, Jonathan Melee scored his eighth goal of the season to restore the lead for the Petes, making the score 3-2.
With 1:31 remaining in the second period, Sudbury native Sam McCue scored his eighth goal of the season to give Peterborough a little bit of breathing room, now leading by a score of 4-2 with one period left to play.
At 20 seconds into the third period, Wolves Captain David Goyette scored his sixth of the season to pull within a goal, now trailing by a score of 4-3.
At the 2:36 mark of the third period Jonathan Melee scored his second of the game, and 9th of the season, to put Peterborough back on top by two, 5-3.
Melee would complete the hat trick at the 8:40 mark of the game, giving Peterborough a comfortable 6-3 lead.
Evan Konyen would get the Wolves a little bit closer with his second of the game with 7:13 remaining in the third, making the score 6-4 for Peterborough.
Peterborough would score once more on an empty net, with Konnor Smith scoring his third of the season, wrapping up a 7-4 win and handing the Sudbury Wolves their third consecutive loss.
After the loss, the Sudbury Wolves now hold a record of 10 wins, seven losses, and one overtime loss on the season.
The Wolves now travel to North Bay for an afternoon game on Sunday, Nov. 19, against rivals the North Bay Battalion with a start time of 2 p.m. before coming back home on Friday, Nov. 24, against the London Knights, with a start time of 7:05 p.m.
Super fan Robert McCarthy covers Sudbury Wolves games for Sudbury.com. Got a question for Robert? Email it to [email protected].