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Cannone scores three times as Wolves crush Heat 7-2

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 12:45 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Cannone scores three times as Wolves crush Heat 7-2

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Pat Cannone scored three times as the Chicago Wolves downed the host Abbotsford Heat 7-2 on Saturday in American Hockey League action.

Cannone scored twice in 72 seconds late in the third period to complete the three-goal night.

Joe Corvo and Eric Selleck each scored their first goals as a member of the Wolves. Corvo was playing his first game since being waived by the Ottawa Senators and Selleck was acquired by the Wolves' affiliate St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline.

Adam Cracknell and Michael Davies also scored for Chicago (34-18-6), which passed Abbotsford for fourth in the Western Conference.

Jake Allen made 28 saves for the the Wolves, winning for the ninth time in his last 11 starts.

Ben Street and Brett Olson replied for Abbotsford (33-20-7), which is winless in seven games.

Olivier Roy stopped 28 of 33 shots before being replaced by Aaron Dell, who allowed two goals on eight shots in 11 minutes of relief.

The Wolves jumped to a 2-0 lead with goals two minutes and 35 seconds apart in the first period.

First Cracknell deflected Taylor Chorney's point shot for his ninth of the season at 11:14.

Then, after a Heat defender was caught too deep in the Chicago zone, Shane Harper fed Davies, who split the scrambling defencemen and beat Roy glove side for his sixth of the campaign.

Roy was forced to make 15 saves in the first period alone as the Heat were outshot 17-8.

The momentum switched the other way just 29 seconds into the second period. Olson was sent in alone by Kane Lafranchise's long stretch pass and he beat Allen for his 11th.

The Wolves, however, re-established the two-goal lead when Corvo scored on the power play at 13:40. His wrist shot from the top of the circle beat Roy with Cracknell screening in front.

Cannone's ninth of the year made it 4-1 at 16:08. Just after killing off a penalty, Cannone and Tyler Shattock worked a give-and-go on a 3-on-2 rush, with the Bayport, NY native firing the puck into the open side of the net.

Allen made a few big stops to keep his club in the lead. In the second period he stopped Blair Jones' power move and stacked the pads to turn away Evan Trupp's rebound attempt. Then early in the third he made a glove save off Corey Locke in close.

Selleck added to the onslaught at 8:34 of the third, driving hard to the net from the corner and lifting it over the sprawling netminder.

Street temporarily stopped the bleeding, one-timing Derek Smith's pass past Allen at 10:45 for his 22nd of the year.

At 13:28 Cannone scored the first of his two third-period goals and at 14:40 he completed the hat-trick.

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