CLEVELAND, Ohio – And show up they did. The Chicago Wolves, a team that prides itself as a successful organization that hates to lose finally played a quality sixty minute game. They defeated the Lake Erie Monsters by the score of 5-2 in a must win game if they want any chance in making the playoffs. They will need to win the final two games at home starting Saturday against Milwaukee, who are currently two points ahead and holding the final playoff spot. They will then turn it around on Sunday for the season finally against the Grand Rapids Griffins who have already clinched the division. If they win both games they will need to wait to see if the Admirals, Rockford, and Rochester not make it to the 87 point mark to make it in.
Captain Darren Haydar said that the team is a pretty good team, but what has killed them all season long is their special teams play. And add to that their poor play in the third period in which they have lost so many games this season. But all that changed tonight. The Wolves score a season high three power play goals in the game while killing all but one of the Monsters six man-advantages.
The Wolves got the first two goal of the game in similar fashion as defenseman Jim Vandermeer and forward Michael Davies both scored on shots from the point as traffic we built up in front of Monsters goalie Sami Aittokallio. Lake Erie with 44 seconds left in the first frame scored as Paul Carey, on the rush, fired a shot on net where right winger Tomas Vincour made sure that the puck went in.
In the second the Wolves piled on the goals scoring three with two on the power play. Danny Groulx kept the play alive as the puck teetered on the blueline. Shot it across where the puck was touched by all but one Wolves player and Darren Archibald rolled the puck on in 2:50 into the middle period on the power play. With speed the Wolves carried the puck on in where Haydar dished the puck to defenseman Brad Hunt who fired a wicked slapper that actually went in and through the net. The Monsters got one back as they confused the Wolves around the net where Vincour returned the favor in assisting on Carey’s goal. The Wolves finished off the scoring in the game as they worked the puck along the boards on the man-advantage and Haydar spotted Andrew Gordon in front of the net to get it past Aittokallio’s replacement, Calvin Pickard.
The Wolves were grossly outshot 42-23 in the win with netminder Matt Climie getting the First Star of the game, followed by Brad Hunt with a goal and an assist, and fellow defenseman Frank Corrado getting the Third Star on the assist with the game winner.