A little less than one week after being shutout by the Oshawa Generals, the Sudbury Wolves laced up their skates for the chance to redeem themselves on home ice against the Barrie Colts.
Both teams struggled to beat their opposing goaltender, bringing a steady pace to the match which ultimately led the rivals to overtime. Sudbury was the first to break through this pressure in the first period and overtime, allowing the Wolves to return to the win column with a 3-2 final.
Sudbury Wolves Blake Murray was named first star in the matchup, followed by third star and goaltender Christian Purboo.
This is the second win of eight matchups against the Colts this season, the next game being Dec. 8.
Carolina Hurricanes' prospect Murray, opened up the game for Sudbury with his 13th goal of the season at 4:04. He was assisted in the play by Quinton Byfield and Owen Robinson.
A cross-checking penalty by Kalle Loponen gifted the Colts with a power play less than ten seconds later, which they used to settle the scoreboard at 4:30.
The blow was delivered by Tyson Foerster, with assistance by Nathan Allensen and Tyler Tucker. Foerster was named second star in Friday's game.
Sudbury headed into the second period with an even scoreboard, despite outshooting their visitors 14-6 in the first 20 minutes.
Victor Hadfield brought Barrie up by one 3:37 into the second period, with help from Foerster and Luke Bignell, but this lead wouldn't last for long.
Murray returned to net just under 20 seconds later to settle the score with assistance from Isaak Phillips and Owen Robinson.
Barrie pushed ahead in shots on goal 12-10 in the second period.
Wolves Purboo and the Colts' Jet Greaves tightened their grip on the posts in the third period, denying several shot attempts from both sides of the ice.
Caught in a 2-2 stalemate the two teams were thrust into overtime, where Wolves' Loponen pushed through the madness to deliver the game-winning goal at 1:44 for a 3-2 final. He was assisted in his sixth goal of the season by teammates Shane Bulitka and Macauley Carson.
Sudbury fell behind in shots 8-6 in the final frame but came out on top 32-29 in shots overall.
The Sudbury Wolves are first in the Central Division, second in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the league overall with 15 wins and 11 losses.
The Wolves host the Mississauga Steelheads Sunday at 2:05 p.m.