Since losing on the road to the league-leading Ottawa 67's Nov. 21, the Sudbury Wolves have been waiting for their opportunity to settle the score and boy, is victory sweet.
That long-awaited victory came Sunday (Feb. 23), with a 2-0 shutout at Sudbury Arena, secured with just under two minutes remaining in play. Marking the last of the team's matchups this regular season.
Sudbury Wolves' David Bowen, Macauley Carson and Emmett Serensits were named the first, second and third star of the game respectively.
There were no goals made in the first period, giving Sudbury a clean slate to work with in the second. Shots on goal were 8-7 in favour of the Nickel City.
Wolves' Matej Pekar got the ball rolling in the second period with his 27th goal of the season around 13 minutes into play, assisted by Kosta Manikis and Owen Gilhula, later considered the team's game-winning goal.
Sudbury moved into the final frame up one, with shots on goal 11-10 in favour of their visitors.
Brad Chenier sealed the deal for Sudbury 18 minutes and 24 seconds into the third period on Ottawa's empty net. The Hanmer-born left-winger was assisted in the play by teammates Nolan Hutcheson and Jack Thompson.
The game was called at a 2-0 final for Sudbury.
Shots on goal were 8-6 in favour of Ottawa in the third period and 26-24 overall.
Sudbury Wolves sit second in the Eastern Conference behind Ottawa, first in the Central Division and fourth overall.
The Pack takes a trip down Highway 17 on Wednesday, to take their revenge against the North Bay Battalion, nearly one month after their defeat at Sudbury Arena.
North Bay is currently 10th and last in the Eastern Conference, fifth and last in the Central Division and 20th and last overall, with a record of 14-39.