IceHogs Beat Wolves 4-2


Mar 1, 2012; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian (9) during the second period against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

The third period is where trouble began for the Chicago Wolves as they hosted the Rockford IceHogs last night at the AllState Arena.  They started the game off with good momentum as Zack Kassian slipped a puck past goaltender Carter Hutton to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead just 1:13 into the period. Despite 15 attempts from the IceHogs Matt Climie stood tall between the pipes and preserved the lead for Chicago through the first twenty minutes along with the next fifteen in the second frame. The Wolves would score once in the next twenty minute outing as Miller came out of the box Jordan Schroeder was able to light the lamp and give the Wolves a 2-0 lead.  Unfortunately the IceHogs had a rapid response for Chicago and were able to slice the lead in half with Saader setting up Martin St. Pierre to end the second period 2-1 in favor of Chicago.

The third period is where things began to get rough for the Wolves as they started the period two-men down due to a holding call on Kassian and a delay of game penalty on Kevin Connauton.  While they were able to kill the two-man advantage off, the spark began to fizzle out as Connauton was called for interference.  As that penalty would expire Jeremy Morin would put one past Climie, tying the game at 2 a piece.  Just three minutes later the Hogs would strike again  as Ben Smith found the back of the net and despite their efforts, the IceHogs sealed the deal with an empty net goal from Andrew Shaw in the final seconds to end the game.

The Wolves next game is Friday at 7:00PM against the Milwaukee Admirals.  The game can be seen on AHL Live.

Game Notes…

Goaltending: Carter Hutton-Rockford (6-7-1) 35 saves out of 37 shots Matt Climie– Chicago(1-5-0) 38 saves out of 41 shots

Power Play Opportunities: Rockford 2/7  Chicago 0/5

Three Stars of the Game…

1. Ben Smith (Rockford)

2.Brandon Saad (Rockford)

3.Jordan Schroeder (Chicago)

*All Statistical information courtesy of the Official Game Day Score Sheet and AHL Officail Site