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Down to the wire: Wolves drop Game 3 against Ottawa

Pack must win Thursday's match to avoid getting ousted from the playoffs
Shane Bulitka put the Sudbury Wolves on the scoreboard in the second period, but the Pack trailed the Ottawa 67s for much of Game Three in the best-of-seven semi-final series in the OHL playoffs. (Terry West / OHL Images)

If the Sudbury Wolves want to keep their playoff hopes alive, they must win tomorrow's home game against the Ottawa 67s.

The powerhouse nation's capital squad was in the Nickel City for Game Three of the best-of-seven semi-final series. The Wolves were already trailing Ottawa two games to none going into last night's game in Sudbury.

Unfortunately, the game didn't go the way the Pack was hoping, and they ended up notching another loss, 8-5. Ottawa controlled much of the game, and out-shot the Wolves 41-26.

As he did on Sunday, Ottawa's Lucas Chiodo opened the scoring, finding the back of the net to put the 67s up 1-0 in the first.

The Wolves came out flying for the second period, with Shane Bulitka scoring on the power play to tie the game at one apiece.

The high-scoring second period was just getting started though, and soon Ottawa's Lucas Peric beat Wolves goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to retake the lead. The Wolves' Owen Gilhula tied the game up not 30 seconds later.

The Pack would score again in the second off the stick of Macauley Carson, but by the end of the period the 67s had scored another two goals to give them a 5-3 lead.

In the third, the Wolves' Adam Ruzicka and Jack Thompson would both score, but the 67s were having none of it.

In the dying minutes of the game, Coach Cory Stillman pulled Luukkonen to get an extra attacker on the ice, but the gamble didn't pay off, and Ottawa's Kyle Maksimovich scored an empty-netter and Ottawa finished the game 8-5.

Game Four of the series goes tomorrow night at Sudbury Arena. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Get your tickets at the arena box office or on