Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
A quick look at the local paper was all it took to convince me to go, the Sudbury Wolves who struggled most of the season and qualified for the playoffs in the seventh seed had won the opening two games of their best-of-seven series with the Ottawa 67's.
The Arena, built in 1951, is fun to shoot in. It has character. It is photographer friendly, there are almost too many options for a photographer as opposed to the limited options when shooting the Leafs
I love shooting the Ontario Hockey League. I shot a lot of OHL when I was at photojournalism school at Loyalist College. I followed the Belleville Bulls and sometimes made the trip to Kingston for Frontenac games. Most OHL arenas allow a photographer to roam around and test different angles.
Fans talk by the city coat of arms on the front of the Sudbury Community Arena.
Through the throat of am inflatable wolf, the Wolves take to the ice. I was disappointed the smoke machine was broken.
Josh McFadden, in blue, lays the body on Taylor Feilding.
The ability to move around the bottom of the arena because the seats do not go right down to the glass allowed me to look for some different angles.
The glass was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. It allowed me to use a 300 mm lens down ice to get Joshua Leivo trying to tip the puck past Peter Mrazek.
Ottawa 67's Steven Janes blasts a shot.
Peter Mzazek watches the puck pass him for the second Wolves goal.
Fans cheer on the home side infront of the Queen.
Wolves defenceman Kristoff Kontos breaks up a Steven Janes breakaway as the Sudbury Wolves jump out to an early 2-1 lead after the first period.
Sudbury Star reporter Bruce Heidman watches the game from the Gondola.
Shooting from the gondola offered a slightly different angle as, somehow, Peter Mzarek denies Marcus Foligno.
There is nothing like OHL games. Fans watch the action as the Sudbury Wolves come back after being two goals down.
A jubulant 67's player gets hit with a high stick celebrating a goal.
Wolves goaltender Alain Valiquette gets some help from the post .
When I was in Belleville they had a Bulls head whose eyes would light up and nostrils smoke everytime the home team scores, after each Wolves goal a stuffed wolf makes its way from a corner of the Arena to over the ice.
Fans get into the game as the home side begins to engineer a third period comeback.
Wolves Eric O'Dell is taken down by Adam Sedlak giving Sudbury Wolves a power play and a chance to come back after being two goals down.
Not quite the same as his father's goal celebration, Marcus Foligno celebrates the game tying goal.
Fans celebrate the tying goal with 16 seconds left in the game.
Michael Lomas celebrates the overtime winner as the Sudbury Wolves come back after being two goals down to win 5-4 in overtime and take a 3-0 series lead over the Ottawa 67's.