Chicago trips up division leading Stars, 4-3 Climie stops 23 in win

CEDAR PARK, Texas —The Chicago Wolves capped off their Texas road trip by knocking off the Western Conference-leading Texas Stars 4-3 Tuesday night at Cedar Park Center.

Defenseman Jim Vandermeer and forwards Bill Sweatt, Darren Archibald and Mike Davies scored for the Wolves. Center Andrew Ebbett added two assists to run his point streak to eight games.

Goaltender Matt Climie (16-15-2) stopped 23 of 26 shots.AHL Chicago

As they did in their 2-0 victory on Friday at Texas, the Wolves (28-18-4-3) opened scoring in the first period when Vandermeer notched his first AHL goal since the 2004-05 season by burying a cross-crease feed from Steve Pinizzotto at 6:04.

The Stars didn’t let the score stand for long, firing back with a puck redirected by center Travis Morin directly over Climie’s right shoulder at 14:20.

Tied 1-1 after the first period, the Wolves went quickly to the power play in the second and Sweatt spotted a low-flying pass from Ebbett and batted it into Campbell’s net 2:27 into the frame.

Not allowing Chicago to hold its lead for even a minute, Stars right wing Tomas Vincour evened the score by picking up a bouncing puck and rifling it through Climie at 3:23.

Knotted at two apiece, Chicago pulled away with two goals in 90 seconds. Archibald scored on a feed from Guillaume Desbiens and then Davies went on a breakaway and finished with a nifty backhander past Campbell to make it 4-2 at 6:53 of the second. Texas chose to swap Campbell out for Cristopher Nilstrop at that juncture.

Chicago held its two-goal advantage into the third period, but Matt Fraser’s power-play goal pulled Texas within 4-3 at 5:03. That would be all the Stars managed against the Wolves though, who outshot their hosts 29-26.

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