Wolves Earn First Win of Year With 2-0 Whitewash of Rockford

Photo by Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

ROSEMONT, Ill.---Chicago Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack turned aside all 35 shots he faced, including 18 in the third period, to lift the Wolves to their first win of the season, 2-0, over the Rockford IceHogs in an Illinois Lottery Cup game at the Allstate Arena Friday night.

Lack (1-1-2) shutout was the sixth of his AHL career, while right wing Darren Haydar and defenseman Kevin Connauton provided the offense for Chicago.

It feels good to get a win, said Wolves Head Coach Craig MacTavish, who picked up his first career AHL victory. They had chances all game, but Lack was not going to be beat tonight.

Chicago (1-2-0-2) opened scoring on the power-play 13:43 into the first period. Center Kevin Doell picked up a loose puck off a face-off scrum, dragged the puck to the far circle and sent a pass to Haydar who was streaking back door and tapped the puck into an empty net.

The Wolves doubled their lead at 1:47 of the final frame when Connauton walked into the slot and wristed a shot past a screened IceHogs netminder Alexander Salak, top-shelf.

Salak (0-1-0) stopped 28 of 30 shots for Rockford (3-2-0-0).

The Wolves travel to Rockford for an Illinois Lottery Cup rematch with the IceHogs at 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 22 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Rockford 0 0 0 -- 0
Chicago 1 0 1 -- 2

First Period---1, Chicago, Haydar 2 (Doell, Miller), 13:43 pp. Penalties---Strong, Chicago (hooking), 6:57; Clackson, Chicago (elbowing), 10:43; Morin, Rockford (interference), 13:36; Roussel, Chicago (delay of game), 15:10.

Second Period---None. Penalties---Stanton, Rockford (interference), 1:56; Paradis, Rockford (tripping), 10:42; Segal, Rockford (tripping), 19:32.

Third Period---2, Chicago, Connauton 1 (Haydar, Schroeder), 1:47 pp. Penalties---Olsen, Rockford (boarding), 0:45; Lalonde, Rockford (hooking), 18:09.

Shots on goal---Rockford: 12-5-17--34. Chicago: 5-18-6-30. Power plays---Rockford: 0-3. Chicago: 2-6. Goalies---Rockford, Salak (28-30). Chicago, Lack (35-35). A---3,813. Referee---Jarrod Ragusin. Linesmen---Al Stensland and Mathieu Chenier.