OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After a tough loss in Houston the night before Coach Scott Arniel needed to make a few changes to right the ship as every game from no to the end of the season can make or break your post-season plans. Well those changes did wonders as the Chicago Wolves defeated the Oklahoma City Barons by the score of 3-0 and keeping them in the final playoff spot. The Wolves will have a chance to gain on the Barons who are one point in front of the standing as the two teams will meet again Sunday afternoon.
Eighty-one seconds into the game the Wolves worked hard to keep possession of the puck in their scoring zone. Left wing Brett Sterling handled the puck behind the goal line to Niko Hovinen’s right and got a quick shot out to the top of the opposite circle to defenseman Danny Groulx who wound up and scored.
Ten minutes later the Wolves kept up the pressure as Bill Sweatt and Jordan Schroeder exchanged passes crossing the blue line as nine played converged along with the puck in front of the net where defenseman Jim Vandermeer poked it in through a falling Hovinen.
Going into the last forty minutes of the game, the Barons settled down and put the pressure on the Wolves. In the second frame they outshot the Wolves by count of 12-5 but Wolves goaltender Matt Climie put a bad loss the previous night to bed by shutting out every chance that Oklahoma City had.
Climie had a perfect 31 shot stop for the shutout which ties the team record at six that is held by Wolves General Manager Wendell Young. For the Barons, Hovinen had 22 save on 24 chances.
Right wing Guillaume Desbiens finished the scored on the short-handed empty-netter with just under two minutes left in the game. He got the Third Star of the game while the other two goal scorers getting the top spots with the First Star, with the game-winner going to Groulx.
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