The Chicago Wolves were able to come out with three of a possible six points after a tough three games in two and half day’s weekend. Here is this week’s Wolves This Week.
Friday, October 26th – Peoria Rivermen 4 Chicago Wolves 1
After a solid 40 minutes, the Chicago Wolves suffered yet another third period collapse on Friday night, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Peoria Rivermen.
The first period was full of penalties and no scoring, as the teams combined for 18 minutes in penalties, but went to the dressing rooms tied 0-0.
Jordan Schroeder notched his first goal of the season just under three minutes into the second period, giving the Wolves a 1-0 lead heading into the final period.
The Rivermen turned on the offense in the third, taking a 2-1 lead under seven minutes into the period before adding two more to win the game 4-1.
- Final shots on goal were dead-locked at 33-33.
- Matt Climie finished with 29 saves, 21 of which came in the first 40 minutes.
- The Wolves power play continued to struggle, going 0-for-3 on the night.
- After the four goals allowed on Friday, the Wolves had given up 14 goals on the season, 13 in the third period.
- Steve Pinizzotto and Darren Haydar grabbed assists on the lone Wolves goal.
- Zack Kassian had his four-game point streak come to an end.
- Tim Miller dropped the gloves with Chris Bruton in a spirited first-period bout.
- Three Stars: 1. PEO, Jake Allen. 2. PEO, T.J. Hensick. 3. PEO, Andrew Murray
Saturday, October 27th – Chicago Wolves 6 San Antonio Rampage 5
Another game, another bad third period for the Wolves, but this time they hung on for a 6-5 win over the San Antonio Rampage in Chicago.
Zack Kassian scored his fourth goal of the season just 38 seconds into the game; Michael Davies, Kevin Connauton, Bill Sweatt, and Andrew Gordon also found the back of the net for the Wolves in the first 40 minutes, giving Chicago a 5-2 lead after two periods.
The dreaded third period started out poor for Chicago as San Antonio scored just 50 seconds into the frame, and then find the a way to beat Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack twice more to tie the game at 5-5 at the seven minute mark. This time the Wolves wouldn’t buckle, as Jordan Schroeder scored his second goal in as many nights with just under three minutes left, to give the Wolves a 6-5 win.
- Final shots were 29-25 in favour of the Rampage.
- Brad Hunt 2x, Steve Pinizzotto, Michael Davies, Nathan Longpre, Sweatt, and Alex Friesen (with his first professional point) registered assists for the Wolves.
- Lack made 24 saves in the win. This marked the first time in six tries Lack has beat his former teammate, Jacob Markstrom, who Lack served as a back-up to in Sweden. - Guillaume Desbiens squared off with Eric Selleck in the second period.
- This marked the fourth time in five games that Kassian has opened the scoring for the Wolves.
- After scoring first on Saturday, the Wolves have not allowed their opponents to open the scoring in any game this season.
- The Wolves power play continued to struggle, going 0-for-3.
- Three Stars: 1. CHI, Schroeder. 2. CHI, Sweatt. 3. SA, Jason DeSantis
Sunday, October 28th –Grand Rapids Griffins 3 Chicago Wolves 2 (Overtime)
After struggling in third period’s the majority of the season, the Wolves finally used a solid final frame to tie the game up, only to lose 3-2 in overtime to the Grand Rapids Griffins in Chicago.
Following a scoreless first period, Andrew Gordon scored his second goal of the season in the middle stanza, only to have the Wolves trail 2-1 after 40 minutes.
The Wolves poured it on in the third period, outshooting the Griffins 14-8 and they were able to tie it up at the 10:18 mark on a power play goal by Kevin Counnauton, his second of the season.
Overtime didn’t last long as Nathan Longpre took an interference penalty just over a minute into the extra period, and 48 seconds later the Griffins were able to capitalize on the man-advantage, winning the game by a score of 3-2.
- Final shots were 37-31 in favour of the Griffins.
- Eddie Lack finished with 34 saves.
- Michael Davies, Brett Sterling x2, and Alex Friesen picked up assists for the Wolves.
- The Wolves finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play.
- Connauton, Steve Pinizzotto, and Billy Sweatt finished with a team-high four shots on goal.
- Three Stars: 1. GR, Tomas Tatar. 2. CHI, Sterling. 3. GR, Tom McCollum.
The Wolves travel to Rockford on Friday to take on the IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks; 3-3-0-1) for the third time this season. The Wolves won the first two meetings of the year in Chicago by scores of 1-0 and 5-3. After the game the team will travel to Charlotte for a two game series starting on Sunday against the first-place Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1-0-1).
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