Pack takes on Steelheads during Sudbury Saturday Night
The Battalions’ shootout victory pulled the club even with the Wolves for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. In a losing effort, the Wolves managed to extend their home regulation unbeaten streak to 14 games, which has seen them post an impressive 8-0-3-3 record.
The game was highlighted by stellar goaltending performances from both Franky Palazzese and Matej Machovsky. Palazzese stopped 35 out of the 36 shots he faced en route to being the games first star. Not to be outdone at the other end was Machovsky who was stellar in goal stopping 25 out of 26 shots en route to the shootout victory.
The Wolves notched the all-important first goal 6:42 into the first frame when Mathew Campagna beat Machovsky for his 17th goal of the season.
The rest of the first period remained scoreless and the Wolves headed to the dressing room with a 1-0 lead. Despite trailing on the scoreboard, the Battalion outshot the Wolves 11-7 in the first frame.
Barclay Goodrow got the visitors on the board with a power-play goal at the 14:52 mark of the second period when he fired a rocket top shelf past Palazzese.
With the goal, Goodrow sent the teams to the dressing room tied up at one after two periods of play. The Battalion held the edge in shots in the second frame by a 16-9 margin.
Palazzese and Machovsky both stood tall in goal throughout the third period sending the game to overtime tied up at one.
The Wolves outshot the Battalion in the third frame by a 9-5 margin.
Overtime solved nothing and the teams would went into a shootout.
Blake Clarke proved to be the hero for the Battalion, as he beat Palazzese to seal the shootout victory.
The Wolves will return to the ice tonight Vale's Sudbury Saturday Night, featuring another can’t-miss divisional rivalry, as the Wolves face off against the Mississauga Steelheads.
The Steelheads are led up front by Riley Brace, who has posted an impressive 65 points in 51 games this season.
Game time is 7:05 p.m.