The Sudbury Wolves were back on the ice to entertain 1,406 hometown fans on Wednesday night as they took on northern rivals the Soo Greyhounds in a back-and-forth contest, with the Wolves ultimately falling short.
The visiting Greyhounds wasted no time getting on the board in this one, with an early goal from Jordan D’Intino, his first of the pre-season, to give Sault Ste. Marie a 1-0 lead just under two-and-a-half minutes into the game.
There wasn’t any scoring to speak of again until 7:32 remaining in the first period, with a goal from the Greyhounds’ Justin Cloutier to increase the lead for the visitors 2-0, which is how the teams would head to the dressing room after the first 20 minutes of play.
Sudbury didn’t score until the 7:36 mark of the second period, when Devin Mauro found the back of the net with his second goal of the pre-season to pull the Pack within one, making the score 2-1 for the Greyhounds.
Less than two minutes later, Tate Vader restored Sault Ste. Marie’s two-goal lead by scoring his first of the pre-season, making the score 3-1 for the Greyhounds.
The Wolves weren’t going down without a fight, however.
With just under two minutes remaining in the middle frame, Ethan Larmand of the Wolves scored his first goal of the pre-season, pulling Sudbury to within one goal once again, now seeing the Wolves trailing the Greyhounds 3-2 with one period left to play.
Early in the third period, the Greyhounds pulled ahead to a two-goal lead again, after Brady Martin scored his first of the pre-season, increasing the Soo’s lead to 4-2.
Less than a minute later, Christopher Brown widened the gap for the Greyhounds, making the score 5-2 with still more than half a period left to play in this game.
With time winding down in this game, the Wolves pulled closer, with Jacob Chromiak scoring his first goal of the pre-season, to make the score 5-3 for the Greyhounds.
That is where this game ended, with the Sudbury Wolves falling at home to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds by a score of 5-3.
The Wolves now have one win and two losses this pre-season. Sudbury will hit the ice for one more pre-season game on Saturday, Sept 23 on the road against the Barrie Colts, with a start time of 7:30 p.m.
Super fan Robert McCarthy covers Sudbury Wolves games for Sudbury.com. Got a question for Robert? Email it to [email protected].