The Chicago Wolves kick-started their 2012-13 season with a pair of victories over the Rockford IceHogs this past weekend. Sensational goaltending from Eddie Lack and some timely offense highlight the year’s first version of Wolves this Week.
Saturday, October 13th – Chicago Wolves 1 Rockford IceHogs 0 (Shootout)
If you’re a fan of high-octane offensive hockey, then you may not have enjoyed this game. However, if you’re a fan of extraordinary goaltending, chances are you loved watching the Wolves pull off a 1-0 shootout win on Saturday night.
Eddie Lack and IceHogs goaltender Carter Hutton went save-for-save for through regulation and overtime; for 65 minutes the duo stopped everything thrown their way.
Lack continued his dominance in the shootout, stopping three of four shooters faced, while the Wolves managed to get three pucks by Hutton as Jordan Schroeder, Bill Sweatt, and Darren Haydar found the back of the net giving the Wolves the 1-0 win.TY-BITS
-More than 14,500 fans were in attendance for the home-opener, all treated to a big fireworks show pre-game.
-Prior to the game the Wolves named veteran Darren Haydar captain of the team, with Andrew Ebbett and Andrew Gordon wearing the ‘A’s for Saturday’s game.
-The Wolves outshot the IceHogs 32-25, including 4-2 in the extra frame.
-Defenseman Kevin Connauton led the way for the Wolves with seven shots.
-Steve Pinizzotto played his first regular season game in 552 days. The Mississauga, Ontario, native missed all of last season after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury with the Canucks in the pre-season.
-The Wolves went 0-for-6 on the power play, while the IceHogs went 0-for-3.
- Four members of the Canucks organization did not dress: Yann Sauve, Derek Joslin, Alexandre Mallet, and Stefan Schneider.
-3 Stars: 1. CHI, Lack. 2. RFD, Hutton. 3. CHI, Haydar.
Sunday, October 14th – Chicago Wolves 5 Rockford IceHogs 3
Take Saturday’s 1-0 shootout win, turn it around 180° and Bam! you get Sunday’s back and forth offensive affair in which the Chicago Wolves defeated the Rockford IceHogs for the second consecutive night, winning 5-3.
Nathan Longpre scored twice, while Andrew Ebbett, Brett Sterling, and Bill Sweatt added singles for the Wolves, with Eddie Lack kicked aside 24 shots in the victory.
Ebbett made it 1-0 after one period for the Wolves, while Longpre scored his first of the night, shorthanded and unassisted, in the middle frame to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead after forty minutes.
Sterling made it 3-0 just 2:44 into the final frame before the IceHogs added two power play markers in just over two minutes to make it a one-goal game.
The teams then traded goals with Longpre notching his second of the night before Zack Kassian set up Sweatt to add the insurance marker and make it 5-3 Wolves. TY-BITS
-The IceHogs outshot the Wolves 28-19.
-Kevin Connauton added two assists and finished a team-high plus-4.
-Along with Connauton’s two assists, Sterling, Kassian, and Steve Pinizzotto also added helpers.
-Lack started the year with 110:36 of shutout hockey
-Sweatt and Guillaume Desbiens wore ‘A’s for the Wolves
-The Wolves power play struggles continued as they went 0-for-6 on the night, and are now 0-for-12 on the year. Rockford was 0-for-7 on the man-advantage.
-Alexandre Mallet, the Canucks second-round pick last June, made his professional debut, slotting in for Alex Friesen, who made his the previous night.
- 3 Stars: 1. CHI, Longpre. 2. RFD, Jeremy Morin. 3. CHI, Connauton
The Wolves host the Peoria Rivermen (STL) on Wednesday at Allstate Arena in Chicago, before traveling to the Fraser Valley for a weekend series against the Abbotsford Heat (CGY) on Friday and Saturday.