Steve Pinizzotto had waited a long time to experience the feeling he had last Tuesday night. And he felt it twice.
Tuesday, November 6th – Chicago Wolves 2 Charlotte Checkers 1
It’s been a while since Steve Pinizzotto scored a goal in a regular season game – 585 days to be exact – but the hard-nosed Chicago Wolves forward was able to snap the drought and score not one, but two goals Tuesday night leading the Wolves to a 2-1 victory over the Charlotte Checkers.
The Checkers opened the scoring 12:44 into the first period when Chris Terry snipped home his fifth goal of the season past Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack.
The Wolves evened things up just over one minute into the second period as Pinizzotto grabbed his first goal if the night, and first since April 1, 2011, while a member of the Hershey Bears. Brett Sterling took a nice outlet pass from Chris Tanev and was able to dangle around the Checkers defense and get a good shot on goal that Pinizzotto pounced on and fired into the back of the net.
With just over seven minutes remaining in the middle stanza Pinizzotto struck again, this time an attempted cross crease pass to Anton Rodin was stopped by Checkers goaltender Dan Ellis, but Pinizzotto again went to the net and banged home his second of the night giving the Wolves a 2-1 lead that would hold up as the final score.
- With the win the Wolves moved into a tie for first place in the AHL with Charlotte with 15 points.
- The Wolves dominated the shot clock by a margin of 43-25.
- Zack Kassian had a goal disallowed in the second period after the referee determined he interfered with the goaltender.
- The Wolves finished 0-for-4 on the man-advantage with the Checkers going 0-for-3.
- Sterling, Tanev, Rodin and Andrew Ebbett picked up assists for the Wolves.
- Sterling extended his point-streak to four games with the assist (2-3-5).
- Three Stars: 1. CHI, Pinizzotto. 2. CHA, Ellis. 3. CHI, Lack.
Friday, November 9th – Milwaukee Admirals 7 Chicago Wolves 4
After one of their most solid efforts of the season Tuesday, the Chicago Wolves laid an egg in Milwaukee on Friday night, dropping a 7-4 decision to the Admirals.
The Wolves trailed the Admirals for 54:49 during the game despite getting goals by Jordan Schroeder, Mark Matheson, Brett Sterling and Tim Miller.
The Wolves entered the game without star player Zack Kassian, who was suspended after an off-ice incident during the Wolves 2-1 win over the Checkers earlier in the week.
Goals in this game came often, especially early on as the teams would combine for five goals in the opening 9:55. The Admirals jumped out to a 3-2 lead, which ended up being 4-2 after one period and had Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack replaced by backup Matt Climie.
The teams traded goals in the second period, but it was lights out for the Wolves by then as the Admirals took a 7-3 lead halfway through the final frame before the Wolves added their fourth and final goal shortly after to make the final score 7-4.
-Schroeder, Brad Hunt, Chris Tanev, Anton Rodin, Nathan Longpre and Bill Sweatt picked up assists for the Wolves.
- Lack was replaced after allowing four goals on 13 shots in the first period while his replacement, Climie, allowed three goals on 15 shots the rest of the way.
- Sterling extended his points-streak to five games (3-3-6) with his goal, while Schroeder registered his second multi-point game in his last four games played.
- Chris Tanev was the lone Wolves player to finish with a positive plus/minus, finishing plus-1 on the night.
- The Wolves outshot the Admirals by a count of 31-28.
- The Wolves finished 1-for-3 on the power play.
- Three stars: 1. MIL, Taylor Beck. 2. MIL, Patrick Cehlin. 3. MIL, Juusso Puustinen.
The Wolves now enjoy a week-long break as they are not in action again until Friday in Peoria where they will close out their five-game road trip with a tilt against the Rivermen (2-7-2-1). Twenty-four hours later the Wolves and Rivermen will do battle again, this time in Chicago, marking the fourth time the two teams will have met so far this season.
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