The Niagara IceDogs were at the Sudbury Arena on Feb. 10 for a rare Sunday evening game, but the late match didn't give the Sudbury Wolves' southern counterpart any advantages.
Despite being outshot 35-22 by the IceDogs, the Pack made every shot count and came out in the end with a big 7-3 win. All three game stars went to Wolves players, with David Levin taking the first star, followed by Macauley Carson and Adam Samuelsson.
Sudbury opened the scoring two minutes into the first when Owen Gilhula found the back of the net with help from Owen Robinson and Emmett Serensits. Almost 10 minutes later, Sudbury would score again off the stick of Macauley Carson, assisted by Blake Murray and Chase Stillman, to make it a 2-0 game.
Just past the 17-minute mark of the first, Niagara would get on the scoreboard when Anthony Agostinelli banged in a rebound (assisted by Ethan Sims and Jackson Doherty) past Wolves goalie Christian Purboo.
The first period would end with a score of 2-1 for the Wolves, but it wouldn't stay that way for very long. Twenty-three seconds in the second, Wolves forward David Levin, assisted by Matej Pekar and Brad Chenier, made it a 3-1 game.
Thirty seconds later, Owen Robinson would score on the power play to make it 4-1 game, with assists from Adam Samuelsson and Kosta Manikis.
Niagara's Anthony Agostinelli would earn his second goal of the game at the five-minute mark to make it a 4-2 game. Assists came from Jake Uberti and Dakota Betts.
Just past the 17-minute mark, Macauley Carson would pick up his second of the game, assisted by Adam Samuelsson and Owen Gilhula to bring the score to 5-3.
Thirteen seconds later, David Levin would get his second of the game (Pekar and Chenier) to make it a 6-2 game. A minute later, Levin would complete his hat trick (Jack Thompson and Blake Murray) to make it a 7-2 game.
The IceDogs came out hungry in the third. Jake Uberti beat Purboo to bring the score to 7-3. The assist went to Cameron Snow.
Niagara out-shot the Wolves 11-7 in the third. They brought the intensity, but couldn't capitalize. In the middle of the period, Stillman and the IceDogs' Andrew Bruder dropped the gloves and both players were sent to the box.
Despite a hard-fought period for Niagara, they just couldn't catch up and this one went to the Wolves by a score of 7-3. It was the third match of the season for the two teams. Sudbury is up 2-1 on the series.