The Wolves ended the season on a high note and bounced back after last night’s loss. They take the season series with the Peoria Rivermen for the second straight season and here is how it all went down:
First Period: The Wolves were the first to break the ice when Forward Nicklas Jensen returned to the ice after serving a 2 minute holding penalty, and scored at the 10:31 mark. Wolves lead 1-0. The Wolves defense held steady for the rest of the period. The Wolves took 17 shots but were not able to score anymore than just the one goal.
Second Period: The Wolves were aggressive on offense and Peoria finally picked up the pace on their offense. The period was scoreless until there was 6:07 remaining when Niklas Jensen got his second goal of the game. The Wolves then lead 2-0. Of course Jensen would end up in the penalty box after that goal. Just like when he scored his first goal after leaving the penalty box. The Wolves would hang onto their 2-0 lead for the rest of the 2nd period.
Third Period: Just 3 minutes and 13 seconds into the 3rd, Wolves Forward Tim Miller scored his 19th goal of the season to give the Wolves a 3-0 lead with 16:47 remaining in the game. With 14 minutes remaining Peoria came close to scoring, Riverman Forward Chris Bruton took a shot and it looked like it may have gone in the net. But after a replay review the referee ruled that while the puck did hit the pipe on the Wolves net behind Goalie Joe Cannata, it did not cross the line. So no goal for Peoria.
But with under 10 minutes remaining, Peoria finally did score when Defenseman Cade Fairchild broke the Wolves shutout. Wolves led 3-1 at that point. Then about 4 minutes later Rivermen Winger Adam Cracknell cut the Wolves lead to just 1 3-2. Then for the next few minutes afterwards, the Wolves would attempt 5 shots but could not score on either of them. The Wolves defense continued to hold strong, then with 37 seconds remaining in regulation Niklas Jensen ended up getting a hat trick on an empty net goal. It would be his 3rd goal of the game and it gave the Wolves a 4-2 lead. And they would hold onto that lead to win their regular season finale.
Here are the final stats for today’s game: http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1009770
The Wolves are once again headed to the playoffs and this years first round opponent is San Antonio. The first game will be on Thursday night in San Antonio, and you can go to http://www.chicagowolves.com for the full schedule of games. The Wolves are looking for their first Calder Cup title since 2008 and their fifth championship in team history. But it feels good to know that there is more than one winning hockey team in Chicago. In my next post I will have post-game interviews from today’s game. Thank you to all of the viewers and followers who tracked my coverage of the game.