SUDBURY, ON- For night two of three back to back road games, the Steelheads travelled to Sudbury after a tough OT loss to North Bay on Thursday night. The Steelheads and Wolves have seen each other five times this season, each team claiming victory twice so far. Tonight’s Sudbury win will push the Wolves to hold a second place, eight-point central division lead over the Mississauga Steelheads who are in fourth. The two teams will match up for the last time on January 27th in Mississauga as the Steelheads play host to the Wolves and their 7th annual Pink at the Rink game night presented by Pandora Square One.
The first period of action was an entertaining one but remained scoreless after 20. Both netminders stood tall between the pipes holding their grounds with the support of the remaining troops. Steelheads goaltender Jacob Ingham continued to dominate stopping 11 shots, while the Steelheads shot four on Sudbury’s Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. After 20 minutes of play, the Steelheads were able to hold off three penalty kills as the scoreboard remained blank.
To start off the second, both teams carried over some 4 on 4 action, but neither was able to capitalize with the extra ice. Steelheads had some great chances but Luukkonen held his ground and was a wall between the pipes. Just after the halfway mark in the second comes Wolves centreman, Adam Ruzicka, as his shot just trickles past Ingham to put the Wolves on the board first. Steelheads responded with some mighty chances themselves but Luukkonen did not let anything by him. Steelheads were also gifted a 5 on 3 for a couple seconds but were not able to take advantage of the power play. The score remained 1-0 with five minutes left in the second period as Luukkonen continued with some more jaw-dropping highlight reel saves.
Heading into the final 20 minutes, Thomas Harley starts the third in the box and the Steelheads were able to time out another penalty kill in Sudbury. Just before the final nine minutes of the game, Emmett Serensits would find the back of the net with a shot from the point and register the Wolves’ second goal. The remaining time in the third period was dominated by both goaltenders that continued to man some incredible saves. Nick Isaacson and Ryan O’Bonsawin soon get caught in a roughing match as both head to the sin box. Just as the penalty expires, former Sudbury Wolves player Alan Lyszczarczyk beats Luukkonen on the blocker side, but it was taken to review for being offside. The goal was called back, and the Wolves still held the lead. The final minute and a half of action saw an empty netter in favour of the Wolves and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen would be awarded his third shutout of the season.
The Steelheads will close out the weekend on the road in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday night to take on the Greyhounds. The team is back in action at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Friday, January 18th with the Flint Firebirds in town for the one and only time this season.