Wolves advance to second round

by Sudbury Sports Staff | April 1, 2013
Sudbury Wolves

The Sudbury Wolves are moving onto the second round of playoffs after eliminating the Brampton Battalion in five games. PHOTO BY TERRY WILSON/ohlImages.ca

The underdog Sudbury Wolves proved they are indeed a force to be reckoned with in the OHL playoffs. The local juniors ended the Brampton Battalion’s season in five games with a 1-0 overtime victory in Brampton on Friday night.

Evan de Haan was the overtime hero for the Wolves as the rookie defenceman made a great play seconds after Wolves’ captain Michael Kantor hit the crossbar.  The Ottawa native made an incredible pass to Kantor in the high-slot area, who fired a hard wrist shot only to have de Haan move to the front of the net where he made no mistake and shovelled a back-hand into the empty cage.

The game was a historic one as the Battalion were playing in their final game ever to be played in Brampton. The Brampton Battalion’s 15-year history came to an end at the hands of the Wolves, who happened to be the first team the Battalion defeated in their inaugural season. The Battalion franchise will now move north to North Bay and ignite what will surely be a fierce northern rivalry with the Wolves.

The Wolves will now rest-up and prepare for the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Belleville Bulls or the Oshawa Generals. The Wolves will open the series on the road next week and are expected to play their first home game April 9.

Tickets for the Wolves’ home game #3 and home game #4 (representing the first two home games of the next series), will go on sale Tuesday morning exclusively for Wolves’ season ticket holders that have not yet purchased their playoff ticket packages. The arena ticket office will remain open all day Wednesday exclusively for season ticket holders. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the Wolves will release all unclaimed season ticket seats and all other seats will go on sale at that time online only. The box office will open Thursday morning for the general public to purchase all remaining tickets for home games #3 and #4.

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