By John Langdon
Wolves fans can bust out the brooms.
The Sudbury Wolves accomplished the unthinkable by sweeping the second seeded Ottawa 67’s 4-0 in the OHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with a 5-3 road win Thursday night.
Michael Sgarbossa and Josh McFadden scored goals 0:58 apart for Sudbury who erased another third period deficit, while goaltender Alain Valiquette made 34 saves for the win.
Sgarbossa, who now leads the OHL with 12 points this post-season, got Sudbury on the board in the opening frame with a shorthanded marker and later scored his second goal of the contest at 5:37 of the third period when the Wolves forward tied the game 3-3. Less than a minute later, McFadden scored the eventual game winning goal when his point shot found its way into the Ottawa net.
The 67’s, who were lead by Dalton Smith with 2 goals and Tyler Toffoli with 2 assists, played a hard-fought game in front of goaltender Petr Mrazek who made 33 saves in a losing effort.
The Wolves generated their second shorthanded goal of the game when Josh Leivo scored his fourth goal of the series on a breakaway in the second period. The Wolves rookie stole the puck from 67’s defenceman Cody Ceci in the neutral zone, walked in all alone and beat Mrazek with a five-hole shot.
Greg Jambrosich contributed 2 assists for Sudbury, who were without Marcus Foligno for most of the game after the Wolves captain was handed a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct for what the officials ruled as a hit to the head. Foligno delivered a thunderous bodycheck to Adam Sedlak who later left the game with an apparent shoulder injury and did not return.
Looking to avoid an unexpected early playoff exit, the 67’s pulled Mrazek in the final minute, however, Eric O’Dell put the nail into the coffin at 19:53 of the third period with an empty net goal.
The Wolves playoff run continues where they will clash with the OHL regular season champions Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the Eastern Conference semifinal.