Having 3 of your top players sent to the NHL earlier in the day may be trouble for some teams, but not the Chicago Wolves. Earlier in the day forwards Keith Aucoin, Adam Cracknell, and Ty Rattie were all called up to the St. Louis Blues but that didn't hinder the Wolves as they went on to beat the Iowa Wild 4-1 Friday night.
The Wolves opened the scoring late in the first period. On the Wolves first power play of the game, left wing Derek Nesbitt set up defenseman Joe Corvo for a rocket from the middle of the blue line. Left wing Sergey Andronov, who was stationed in front of the net, got his stick on Corvo's shot, to redirect the puck past Iowa goalie Cody Reichard at 16 minutes and 41 seconds.
In the second period, the special teams came through again for Chicago as they used a misplay by Iowa to score shorthanded at 8 minutes and 24 seconds. A Wild forward grabbed the puck off the boards in an attempt to hit a teammate, but it went to center ice instead. Wolves center Alex Bolduc used his speed to beat the Iowa defenders and scored blocker side on a breakaway. The goal was unassisted.
32 seconds after Bolduc's shortie..the Wolves extended their lead to 3-0 when Wild center Zack Phillips sent a pass through the center of his defensive zone and the pass was intercepted by Wolves center Pat Cannone. Cannone threaded a pass to right wing Shane Harper who was moving in on the net for a move to bury the puck top-center.
Bolduc scored his second goal of the night at 15 minutes and 7 seconds of the third period to make the score 4-0 Wolves. Right wing Michael Davies intercepted a Wild pass and put a shot on net, which Bolduc then chipped up and over a sprawled Reichard.
Iowa finally got on the board at 18 minutes and 25 seconds of the third to spoil Allen's chance to get the franchise record for the most shutouts. Wild right wing Marc Hagel scored from the crease.
But it wasn't enough and too little too late
Wolves win 4-1 and are 4 points away from getting first place in the midwest division.
Shots On Goal
Chicago 35 Iowa 23
Allen (Chicago) 22 of 23 Reichard (Iowa) 31 of 35