The Sudbury Wolves broke out of a seven-game losing skid Thursday night, beating the Barrie Colts 4-3.
In the win, the Wolves managed to do something they've struggled to do during their recent funk, and that was get off to a good start and get the lead early.
Drake Pilon got things rolling for the Wolves at the 11:11 mark of the first period, with Macauley Carson and twin brother Darian Pilon adding assists.
Shane Bulitka doubled the lead for the visitors just a minute and five seconds later to put the Wolves in the driver's seat as they carried a their 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Colts would respond less than five minutes into the second frame however, as Jack York netted his third goal of the season to cut the Wolves lead in half.
Macauley Carson restored that two-goal lead with less than five minutes to go in the period, with Anthony DeMeo chipping in an assist for his first point as a member of the Wolves.
The Wolves would once again carry a two-goal advantage into the intermission, leading the Colts 3-1 with 20 minutes to play. History would repeat early in the third as Jack York once again narrowed the score less than five minutes into the period to close the gap.
Sudbury snatched the advantage right back less than two minutes later with Shane Bulitka scoring his second goal of the night, this time on the power play with another Wolves player getting their first point with the club, as Adam Ruzicka provided an assist.
Barrie still had one last gasp in them as Dalton Duhart scored with just over six minutes to play to bring the home side to within one, but the Wolves held the fort and hung on to get their first win since Dec. 14.
Shane Bulitka earned first star of the game honours for his two-goal performance that included the game winner. Mitchell Weeks turned aside 24 of the 27 shots he faced on the evening.
The Wolves have wrapped up a lengthy road trip and will now return to the friendly confines of the Sudbury Community Arena this weekend. Sudbury will take on the Mississauga Steelheads Friday night at 7:05 p.m., and the Niagara IceDogs are in town for a Sunday matinee matchup at 3:05 p.m.