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Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018
Three goal outburst key to Wolves playoff win
by Randy Pascal

In what is expected to be a very close opening series between the Oshawa Generals and Sudbury Wolves, game three in northern Ontario on Tuesday night provided the first match-up that came right down to the final buzzer.

Following convincing victories by the Wolves in game one (5-2) and game two (5-1) in the Generals favour, the local juniors regained the advantage with a 3-2 victory in the first post-season encounter in these parts in three years.

A three goal second period outburst provided the margin of victory, after Sudbury spotted the visitors a 1-0 lead thanks to a first period tally from Robbie Burt. Dmitry Sokolov got that one back exactly six minutes into the middle stanza, drilling his third in as many games.

Before the end of the frame, Macauley Carson and Michael Pezzetta would provide the Wolves with a two goal advantage, both registering their second goals of the series.

A goal from Danil Antropov at 7:44 of the third made things interesting, but second star Jake McGrath withstood a 15-shot final period barrage from the Gennies, as Sudbury survived a few tense moments in the game's dying minutes.

Oshawa outshot Sudbury 35-29 over the course of the evening, while the Wolves continue to create more odd man opportunities for their opponents than would be ideal, gifting the Generals six power play advantages, versus the three they enjoyed.

Game four is scheduled for Thursday night at the Sudbury Community Arena, with the teams reconvening in Oshawa the very next night. If game six is necessary, it will be played in Sudbury on Sunday evening, with a puck drop set for 7:00 p.m.

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