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Wolves dominate in their second back-to-back win over Niagara

Niagara IceDogs defeated 7-1 at the Meridian Centre
Sudbury Wolves' Matej Pekar. (File)

The Sudbury Wolves brought their winning streak to four Sunday (Feb. 16), with their latest of three big back-to-back wins against the Niagara IceDogs.

Niagara's Cameron Butler was named first star of the game followed by Sudbury's Kosta Manikis and Adam Samuelsson. 

Sudbury's Matej Pekar gave the Wolfpack a solid head start in the first period, opening up the game with two goals 25 seconds apart, a little more than five minutes into play. 

He delivered the first unassisted, and the second, with the help from Samuelsson and Emmett Serensits.

Sudbury moved into the second period up two, with shots on goal 15-10 in their favour.

Wolves' Manikis pushed this lead to three 5:36 into the second period, with an assist from Isaak Phillips and Liam Ross, but the Pack wasn't stopping there.

Blake Murray delivered one more goal for Sudbury with eight minutes remaining, assisted by Chase Stillman and Macauley Carson, closing out the period. 

The Wolves slid into the final frame up four, with shots on goal 9-8 in their favour. 

Jackson Doherty scored Niagara's first and only goal of the evening in the third period, saving his team from a shutout on home turf. He was assisted by Ryan Campbell.

Pekar responded with his third of the evening eight minutes in, with assists from Brad Chenier and David Levin.

Manikis scored his second goal on the night two minutes later, with help from Owen Gilhula and Samuelsson, but the Nickel City had one more trick up their sleeve. 

With a minute and 16 seconds remaining, Pekar slid under the radar to score one final goal for Sudbury, his fourth of the night, with assists from Jack Thompson and Murray on a power play. 

The game ended with a 7-1 final for the Wolves.

Sudbury outshot their hosts 24-9 in the final frame and 48-27 overall. 

The Sudbury Wolves are currently first in the Central Division, second in the Eastern Conference and fourth overall, with 28 victories and 24 defeats. 

The Pack will close out the long weekend with their second last matchup of the season against the Peterborough Petes on Monday, at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. 

Petes sit second in the East Division, third in the Eastern Conference behind the Wolves and seventh overall, with 32 wins and 20 losses.