The game capped off a weekend in which both teams played three times in as many days. The Steelheads won two and lost one, including a 4-0 win and 5-2 loss against the Oshawa Generals. The Wolves went 1-0-2 with a 3-0 win over the Kingston Frontenacs and 4-3 shootout loss to the Belleville Bulls.
"It's funny, all three games between us this year have gone through overtime or a shootout," said Steelheads defenceman Trevor Carrick, who scored a goal and an assist. "It's tough to go through that at the end of a three-in-three weekend, but it was good to get the win."
The teams split their two previous meetings, with the Steelheads winning 5-4 in overtime and the Wolves winning 6-5 in a shootout. Steelheads forward Bryson Cianfrone led the way with two goals and an assist while Dylan Smoskowitz scored in regulation and added the lone goal in the shootout.
With the win, the Steelheads are tied with the North Bay Battalion for second place in the Central Division. Each team has 15 points and a 7-7-1 record. They trail the Wolves (5-3-3-3) by a single point.
The power play was clicking for the Steelheads as they finished 2-for-4 with the man advantage. Sudbury went 1-for-3.
"They like to apply pressure up top, so we adjusted to that with a bunch of down low plays," said Cianfrone, who has two goals and three assists in three games since coming back from a two-week absence due to injury. "We tried to simplify it and get pucks to the net and luckily, they started going in."
Nathan Pancel scored a pair of goals for the Wolves while Danny Desrochers and Austin Veleke scored early in the first to end Dawson Carty's afternoon.
The Steelheads starter was replaced by Spencer Martin, who made 37 saves on 39 shots the rest of the way. Franky Palazzese responded with 34 saves on 38 shots for the Wolves.
"It's hard going into a game after sitting on the bench for the first 10 minutes, but (Martin) has been a huge backbone for us," Carrick said. "I don't think we'd be as successful as we are without him. He came up really big for us, especially in the shootout."
Martin finished with 119 saves on 126 shots for a .944 save percentage this weekend. Friday's shutout over the Generals was the first of his career.
Cianfrone said the team wasn't fazed at all after going down 2-0. The Steelheads went into the second period with momentum after creating some quality scoring chances to end the first.
"We knew we had to calm down and get pucks behind their defence, because we could see they were a little slow today," Cianfrone said. "We knew we could do that because we've played them before and we know what their tendencies are."
The teams were tied at three after the second period. Cianfrone put the Steelheads ahead 4-3 early in the third by following up on a rebound along the doorstep just after a power play expired.
Pancel tied it with less than four minutes remaining by finding enough open space in the slot to wire a wrist shot past Martin for his 15th goal of the season, which ties him for second in the league.
Smoskowitz scored on the first attempt of the shootout while Carrick, Cianfrone, Pancel, Mathew Campagna and Nicholas Baptiste couldn't find the back of the net.
Mississauga's Josh Burnside finished with three assists while Campagna and Baptiste each picked up a pair of helpers.
The Wolves visit the London Knights Friday.