ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Wolves edged out the Oklahoma City Barons by the score of 3-2 in a game that was decided in the shootout. Right wing Nicklas Jensen won it for the Wolves in the sixth round adding to the goal scored by Michael Davies to tie Josh Green’s for Oklahoma City. Every point from now on can make a difference whether you make it in the playoffs or not. Before tonight’s game the Wolves and the Barons both had 69 points hovering around the final playoff spot. The extra point tonight, in front of 6,487 at the Allstate Arena, helped the Wolves leap into the seventh spot while the Barons are hanging on the outside looking in. To show you how tight the Western Conference is there are only 4 points separating the 7th seed to the 13th.
The Barons started off the scoring as center Anton Lander positioned himself perfectly in front of the goal as he received the puck from the top of the right circle and in to the empty side of Wolves goaltender Matt Climie who was a little slow in getting over to the left to block the shot at the 4:46 mark of the first period.
But twenty-three seconds later the Wolves tied it up. Newcomer Danny Groulx fired the puck towards the net with traffic in front of Barons netminder Yann Danis. The goal was originally given to Jensen but after review, the puck deflected off of Baron’s defenseman Taylor Fedun’s stick.
The Wolves took the lead late in the first as the team won a neutral zone battle with the puck coming to forward Eric Kattelus who skated into the offensive zone at will and dished the puck to team captain Darren Haydar across the ice, who in turn shoveled it on in with 1:23 left on the clock.
In the second frame, the Baron’s tied the game at two apiece as they again scored early as Climie could not clear the puck out, lost his stick and could not get back in the net in time to stop defenseman Alex Plante’s goal.
Climie didn’t really seem into the game to start by letting two goals that should’ve been contained but he did settle down in the latter half and made some great saves. Climie stopped 31 of 33 for the win while only allowing one goal in the shootout of six rounds. His performance earned him the Third Star of the game. Danis played well also going 24 of 26.
The Second Star went to Baron’s left wing Toni Rajala who assisted on both Oklahoma City goals and the First Star went to Darren Haydar who scored the second Wolves goal.