The Chicago Wolves extended their winning streak to 5 games by beating the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-3 Saturday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
“I was real happy with our performance tonight,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “Grand Rapids is a great team and we limited them to 26 shots. We were rewarded for our hard work.”
Grand Rapids opened scoring at 7 minutes and 13 seconds with a goal from defenseman Ryan Sproul. He streaked up the right wall and released a shot that beat Wolves goalie Matt Climie top corner. Assists went to Jurco and Evans.
A short-handed goal by the Wolves minutes later at 9 minutes and 44 seconds, tied the score at 1. Griffins goalie Tom McCollum went behind the net to play the puck, but Wolves forward Nathan Longpre stole it. Longpre wrapped around the side of the net and scored before McCollum could return to his net (and it was SWEET). It was unassisted though I think McCollum should have gotten one LMAO.
The Wolves took the lead 4 minutes into the second period on left wing Sergey Andronov's first goal of the season. A passing play between Cade Fairchild, Nathan Longpre and Andronov ended with a angled one-timer that beat McCollum short side.
Chicago left winger Dmitrji Jaskin added some (Allstate) insurance when he scored a power play goal at 9 minutes and 47 seconds. Jaskin set up behind the net and deflected a pass from Fairchild that went past McCollum.
Grand Rapids cut its deficit in half with a tally from David McIntyre at 11 minutes and 21 seconds of the 2nd period. McIntyre tipped a high shot from the point that bobbled past Climie to make the score 3-2 with Chicago ahead. Assists went to Paetsch and Tootoo (yes, Jordin Tootoo).
Grand Rapids Tomas Jurco scored the tying goal at 35 seconds of the third period when he backhanded the puck over Climie's outstretched leg. Assists went to Nyquist and Marchenko.
Another shorthanded goal sealed the deal for the Wolves. Defenseman Taylor Chorney shot from above the faceoff dot beat a screened McCollum. Assists went to Longpre and Chris Porter.
This was Chicago goalie Matt Climie's first win of the year.
The Wolves have the week off until Friday when they play the Milwaukee Admirals (AGAIN) on Friday in Milwaukee.
Shots on goal
Chicago 24 Grand Rapids 26
Climie (Chicago) 23 of 26 McCollum (Grand Rapids) 20 of 24