The Sudbury Wolves were on the road in Barrie against the Colts on Saturday night for their final pre-season tune-up before coming back home for the start of the regular season.
This one turned out to be a low-scoring affair with both goalies, Ben West for Barrie and Nate Krawchuk for Sudbury, shutting down both teams’ high-powered offences for the vast majority of the game.
The first period was a penalty-filled affair, with six minor penalties being given out in total, two to Barrie and four to Sudbury.
Despite both teams getting ample powerplay time with plenty of chances to score, both teams went to the dressing room in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes of play.
Both teams headed out onto the ice to start the middle frame determined to break the tie and get the first goal of the game for their teams, but despite several scoring chances, both West and Krawchuk maintained their shutouts, with Krawchuk in particular standing strong in net for Sudbury, and the score remained 0-0 with one period remaining in regulation.
With exactly six minutes remaining in the third period, Roenick Jodoin finally found the back of the net for Barrie to make the score 1-0 for the Colts, scoring his second goal of the pre-season.
Just over three minutes later, Devin Mauro continued to show his scoring prowess with his third goal of the pre-season to tie the game for the Wolves, 1-1 with just under three minutes left to play in regulation time.
Nobody was able to break the tie for the remainder of the period, so the game went into a shootout, which the Barrie Colts won to take home the victory.
The Sudbury Wolves close out the pre-season with a record of one win and three losses and now look ahead to the regular season, which begins on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:05 p.m. at the Sudbury Community Arena against the visiting Brantford Bulldogs.
Super fan Robert McCarthy covers Sudbury Wolves games for Sudbury.com. Got a question for Robert? Email it to [email protected].