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Photos: Mississauga shades Wolves 3-1

Pekar steals shutout from Steelheads with 11 seconds left in play

The wolf pack returned to Sudbury Arena on Sunday following Friday's big win, looking to claim their fourth straight victory against the Mississauga Steelheads this season.

Their hard-hitting division rivals had other plans though, delivering one goal in the first period and two more in third, to claim a 3-1 final over the Nickel City squad. 

Sudbury Wolves' goalie Christian Purboo was named first star in the matchup, followed by teammate Isaak Phillips. 

Steelheads' Rylan Bowers cracked open the scoreboard with the first goal of his OHL career a little more than eight minutes into play, with assists by Max Dodig and William Portokalis.

This would ultimately be considered the team's game-winning point and also the last goal action on either side of the ice for quite some time.  

Sudbury moved into the second period down one, outshot by their visitors 15-11 in the first 20 minutes. 

No goals were made in the second period, thanks to an impressive show between the pipes by Wolves' netminder Christian Purboo and Steelheads' Kai Edmonds. 

Mississauga held their lead to the final frame, outshooting the Wolves 11-8 in the second period. 

The Steelheads delivered two more goals in the third period, the first by James Hardie and the second by Richard Whittaker, in what looked to be a shutout performance, but the game wasn't over yet. 

With 11 seconds left in play, Buffalo Sabres' prospect Matej Pekar snuck past Edmonds to deliver Sudbury's only goal of the evening with assistance by teammate Isaak Phillips. 

The game was called at a 3-1 final for the Mississauga Steelheads. 

Sudbury outshot Mississauga 12-9 in the final frame, but fell behind 35-31 in the game overall. 

The Wolves are back on the road this coming week, starting with a match against the London Knights on Jan. 17 at Budweiser Gardens. 

They return home Jan. 24 to host the North Bay Battalion.