WIN STREAK HITS FIVE AS WOLVES FLY PAST AEROS, 6-1| EMAIL | PRINT
February 13, 2008
ROSEMONT, Ill.—Five different players tallied goals, including two from center Kevin Doell, as the Chicago Wolves picked up their fifth straight win, a 6-1 victory over the Houston Aeros at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday.
Defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski added a goal and two assists while left wing Brett Sterling notched the game-winning goal and a helper. Netminder Ondrej Pavelec (19-8-0) recorded 19 saves on 20 shots and has held opponents to just four goals in his last four starts, all wins. The 20-year-old netminder’s 19 victories lead AHL rookie goaltenders.
The West Division leading Wolves (36-13-1-0) rank second in the American Hockey League with 36 wins and have racked up 73 points, tied for the Western Conference lead and the most through 50 contests in franchise history. Chicago’s 20 wins in 26 home games share the league lead and have already surpassed last year’s entire win total at the Allstate Arena.
Doell’s ninth goal of the season 8:52 into the contest gave the Wolves a 1-0 advantage. Defenseman Nathan Oystrick took a pass at the top of the circle and quickly slipped the puck to Doell in the high slot where he fired it past Aeros goaltender Barry Brust.
Sterling popped home the game-winner, his team-leading 25th goal of the season, a power-play strike, to give Chicago a 2-0 lead, 58 seconds into the second period. Sterling picked the puck out of the corner, cut to the front and tucked a shot past Brust that landed in the net.
Brust (9-10-3) recorded 14 saves on 17 shots in 27:41 of work before being replaced by Anton Khudobin, who posted 19 saves in relief.
Haydar followed Sterling and pocketed a man-advantage of his own at the 7:41 mark of the middle period to increase Chicago’s lead to 3-0. Haydar followed up a shot by Kwiatkowski and hammered home the rebound to chase Brust from the contest.
Houston (27-20-2-3) finally cracked the scoreboard with 2:41 remaining in the middle period when defenseman Maxim Noreau snapped a power-play marker past Pavelec from the low slot.
Sterling set up right wing Jesse Schultz on the doorstep following a two-on-one break to give the Wolves a 4-1 lead 4:21 into the third period. Kwiatkowski’s 16th goal of the season – the most by an AHL defenseman this season – made it a 5-1 game with 9:35 remaining in the third frame.
Doell’s second marker of the night capped the scoring at 6-1 with 2:39 remaining in regulation.
The Wolves head to Milwaukee for a Valentine’s Day matchup against the Admirals at the Bradley Center on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Houston 0 1 0 — 1
Chicago 1 2 3 — 6
First Period—1, Chicago, Doell 9 (Oystrick, LaVallee), 8:52. Penalties—Pouliot, Houston (tripping), 13:19.
Second Period—2, Chicago, Sterling 25 (Little), 0:58; 3, Chicago, Haydar 9 (Kwiatkowski, Lewis), 7:41 pp; 4, Houston, Noreau 6 (Kelly, Hamilton), 17:19 pp. Penalties—Reitz, Houston (interference), 0:31; Awe, Houston (tripping), 6:16; Martins, Chicago (hooking), 8:57; Kelly, Houston (tripping), 14:54; Fahey, Chicago (holding), 16:28.
Third Period—5, Chicago, Schultz 16 (Sterling), 4:21; 6, Chicago, Kwiatkowski 16 (Martins, Giroux), 10:25; 7, Chicago, Doell 10 (Kwiatkowski, Deveaux), 17:21. Penalties—Fahey, Chicago (cross-checking), 0:11; LaVallee, Chicago (roughing), 5:12; Kelley, Houston (hooking) 12:47; Kalus, Houston (fighting), 18:05; Oystrick, Chicago (fighting), 18:05; Stoner, Houston (tripping), 18:51.
Shots on goal—Houston: 5-6-9–20. Chicago: 13-13-13–39. Power plays—Houston: 1-4. Chicago: 2-6. Goalies—Houston, Brust (14-17) replaced by Khudobin (19-22) at 27:41. Chicago, Pavelec (19-20). A—7,010. Referee—Chris Ciamaga. Linesmen—Bryan Pancich and Al Stensland.