WOLVES ACE RIVERMEN IN SHOOTOUT| EMAIL | PRINT
November 19, 2006
ROSEMONT, Ill.—The Chicago Wolves erased a 2-1 second-period deficit then went on to defeat the Peoria Rivermen, 3-2, in a shootout at the Allstate Arena on Sunday.
Centers Jason Krog and Kevin Doell scored for the Wolves in the shootout, while netminder Fred Brathwaite stopped four of Peoria’s five shooters for Chicago (12-4-1-0). Prior to Sunday, the Wolves, who moved into a first place tie in the American Hockey League’s West Division, had not reached a shootout in any of their first 16 games this season.
"I’m happy with the way we played, but we still need to get better," Wolves Head Coach John Anderson said. "It was a fine win but you can’t sit still on the tracks. You’re going to get run over by a train if you do."
Rookie forward Brett Sterling accounted for both of Chicago’s goals in regulation, his fourth two-goal game in the last six outings. He leads American Hockey League rookies and is tied for second overall in the league with teammate Jason Krog with 13 markers this season.
Krog and Haydar each tallied assists in the tilt to extended their point streaks to 17 games, tied for the longest in the AHL this year and the best start to a season in club history.
Sterling notched the game’s first goal when he picked up a rebound in the slot and buried a shot past Peoria goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu at 9:42 of the opening stanza. Krog started the play by wheeling around the net and pushing the puck to the side of the crease where Sterling picked it up before depositing his 12th goal of the season into the net.
Beckford-Tseu (1-0-1) turned aside 25 of 27 shots in regulation and overtime.
Late in the opening frame, right wing Konstantin Zakharov and the Rivermen (8-6-1-1) evened the contest at one apiece. Center Ryan Ramsay sprung out of the near corner and fired a pass through the slot that Zakharov one-timed past Brathwaite at 16:40 of the first period.
Brathwaite (3-2-0) posted 19 saves in regulation and overtime.
Left wing D.J. King’s first goal of the season gave Peoria a 2-1 lead early in the second period. Ramsay collected a dump-in in the corner and pushed it to the front of the net where King fended off a defender and poked the puck past Brathwaite at 2:37 of the middle frame.
Late in the second period, Sterling’s second tally of the night – a power-play marker – knotted the game, 2-2. Rookie right wing Alex Bourret forced the puck toward the goal mouth where Sterling managed to corral it and push it over the goal line at 16:24 of the middle stanza.
The Wolves begin a two-game road trip when they battle the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights at the Omaha Civic Auditorium on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Peoria 1 1 0 0 (0) — 2
Chicago 1 1 0 1 (1) — 3 Shootout
First Period—1, Chicago, Sterling 12 (Krog, Haydar), 9:42; 2, Peoria, Zakharov 2 (Ramsay), 16:40. Penalties—Oystrick, Chicago (hooking), 3:08; Polak, Peoria (holding), 10:01; MacKenzie, Chicago (cross-checking), 13:05 Whitfield, Peoria (slashing), 19:23.
Second Period—3, Peoria, King 1 (Ramsay, Zakharov), 2:37; 4, Chicago, Sterling 13 (Bourret, Milam), 16:24 pp. Penalties—Linglet, Peoria (hooking), 6:36; MacKenzie, Chicago (roughing), 10:26; Ramsay, Peoria (high-sticking major), 11:49; Mojzis, Peoria (slashing), 14:32; King, Peoria (tripping), 19:52; Doell, Chicago (slashing), 19:52.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Milam, Chicago (holding), 1:53; Sterling, Chicago (hooking), 12:12; Whitfield, Peoria (interference), 13:15.
Shootout—Peoria 1 (DiSalvatore, NG; Linglet, G; Glumac, NG; Sejna, NG, Whitfield, NG), Chicago 2 (Haydar, NG; Sterling, NG; Krog, G; Doell, G).
Shots on goal—Peoria: 8-5-7-1-0–21. Chicago: 9-8-9-1-1–28. Power plays—Peoria: 0-5. Chicago: 1-6. Goalies—Peoria, Beckford-Tseu (25-27). Chicago, Brathwaite (19-21). A—7,010. Referee—Chris Ciamaga. Linesmen—Peter Cichy and Al Stensland.