Wolves Defeat Rivermen in Overtime

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Wolves defeated the Peoria Rivermen in overtime by the score of 2-1 to remain undefeated in this young season. Zach Miskovic whose rapport is manly as a defensive defenseman, scored when it counted for the game-winner. The game at the Allstate Arena gave the Wolves three straight wins at home as the weather outside was wet again. This rained on Peoria’s parade as they have yet to win this season in three games. Their first win would give new Head Coach Dave Allison if 200th career win in the AHL.
 
The Wolves finally converted on the power play after being shut down on 17 opportunities in the first period. Right wing Zack Kassian scored a fluke goal as he battled for the control of the puck behind the net. He tried to tap a centering pass out in front to the left of Peoria’s netminder, but on the way out it hit a defenders skate and in past Jake Allen at the 13:51 mark.
 
Late in the second period the Chicago Wolves had an excellent opportunity to add to their one-goal lead. Already on the power play, the Rivermen took one of those penalties that would drive any coach up the wall as Phil McRae went to the penalty box to serve the too many men on the ice offence. They could not covert as the clock ran down. Even as the second penalty was expiring, at a moment the puck stood in the crease with no one to stop it. Peoria cleared the puck out and almost became a scoring opportunity as McRae dashed out and almost beat Wolves goaltender Matt Climie to the puck.
 
Peoria, while on the power play, almost allowed forward Nathan Longpre to score his second short-handed goal of the season as he fired two pointblank shots on Allen. But the Rivermen prevailed as Derek Nesbitt got a shot across to a waiting T.J. Hensick who one-touched a shot in past Climie.
 
All game long the Wolves got shots in on net but didn’t crash the net, but in overtime Brett Sterling buzzed around and got in and the rest team closed in on Allen. A few shots got to Allen but the rebounds fell close. One went outside of the traffic in front of the net to Miskovic who let it rip for the winner.
 
Allen, who suffered his third loss of the season, played well stopping 24 of the 26 shots got the official second star of the game while Climie in his first game of the season allow one goal on 31 shots and was awarded the first star. Miskovic was given the third star for his game-winner.
 
After three rainy home games to start the season, the Wolves now hit the road for three games. They will travel to Abbotsford for two games as the two undefeateds face each other. The Heat were the ones who handed the Rivermen their first two loses and will seek revenge against the Wolves as the team wraps up this road trip in Peoria.
 
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