The Sudbury Wolves are down two games to none in their second round playoff series against the Ottawa 67s after falling 5-0 on Sunday afternoon in the nation's capital.
The Wolves were hoping for some payback after Ottawa beat them 8-5 on Friday night in Ottawa.
Sunday afternoon's match proved to be a tight battle — at least through the first two periods — before the 67s took total control of the game in the third period, this despite shots on goal being 27-25 in favour of the Wolves.
The game opened well for Sudbury, with the Wolves came doing a good job controlling the play. The period was scoreless until the final minutes when Ottawa's Lucas Chiodo fired off a shot that was deflected off the stick of Wolves defender Peter Stratis and over the shoulder of goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead.
The second period opened with fireworks as six players, three from each team, were sent to the box for roughing. The Wolves tried to mount a comeback, but Ottawa was having none of it and slammed home another two goals before the end of period to take a 3-0 lead. Ottawa's Noel Hoefenmayer and Austen Keating notched the markers.
Down 3-0 going into the third, the Wolves pushed but ultimately Ottawa scored another two for insurance and the game ended as a heartbreaking 5-0 loss for Sudbury.
The Wolves are looking for a win in the third game of the series when they return to the Sudbury Arena on Tuesday night for a 7:05 p.m. Game Four of the series is Thursday evening at home at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at SudburyWolvesTickets.com or at the arena box office.