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Byfield's two goals not enough as Pack drops season opener to Niagara

IceDogs take a 6-3 win
Two goals by Quinton Byfield weren't enough to give the Sudbury Wolves a win in their season opener on Sept. 19 against the Niagara IceDogs. (File)

The Sudbury Wolves started their season on the road in Niagara Falls on Thursday night, facing off against the IceDogs. Despite two goals from Quinton Byfield, Niagara came out on top, sending the Wolves packing 6-3.

The IceDogs drew first blood with a goal by Kyen Sopa. A few minutes later Byfield found the back of the net to even up the score.

Things seemed to be going well for the Wolves in the first few minutes of the period, but then Niagara went on a tear, scoring three more goals before the period ended, to take a 3-1 lead.

In the dying minutes of the first, the Pack's Jack Thompson managed to net one, to bring the Wolves to within one.

The second period was scoreless for both teams, but it wasn't without penalties, with Sudbury sending a player to the box three times and Niagara twice.

In the third, Niagara scored two goals about halfway through the period to give them a 5-2 lead. Byfield scored again just passed the 14-minute mark to bring the Wolves to within one.

With just over a minute left, though, Niagara potted an empty-netter and the IceDogs doubled up on the Wolves with a final score of 6-3.

The Pack is spending their weekend on the road. They're in Erie tonight to take on the Otters and in Mississauga on Sunday to battle the Steelheads.

The team's home opener is slated for next Friday, Sept. 27, against the North Bay Battalion. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.