16 October 2010

Wolves Pick Up 3-2 Shootout Win in Home Opener

Trailing, 2-1, midway through the third period, Chicago (3-1-0-0) drew even with a power-play goal from defenseman Mike Siklenka that sent the game into overtime. The blueliner wound up and fired a blast from just outside the right face-off circle that blew past Admirals goaltender Chet Pickard’s glove side.

After a scoreless overtime period, Chicago got shootout goals from forwards Andrew Kozek, Akim Aliu and Spencer Machacek, while rookie goaltender Edward Pasquale thwarted three of Milwaukee’s four attempts to collect his third straight win.

“There was a lot I liked and a lot I didn’t like tonight,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “I am very happy with the way Pasquale is playing but we are still finding our way and are a work in progress.”

1016_lifesource_insetMilwaukee (1-1-1-1) opened scoring with 61 seconds remaining in the first period. Bret Palin took a shot from the blueline, which Pasquale stopped, but coughed the rebound out into traffic in front of the net, where Mark Santorelli eventually snapped it out of Pasquale’s reach and into the net.

Center Jared Ross evened the score, 1-1, when he got the Wolves on the board at 12:41 of the second period. Defenseman Jaime Sifers took a long shot, which got caught in traffic in front of the net. Ross collected it in the scrum, broke away and was able to flick the puck past Pickard.

Pickard (0-3-0) posted 30 saves for Milwaukee in regulation and overtime, and stopped two of the Wolves five shootout attempts.

Milwaukee regained the lead, 2-1, just 91 seconds later when Van Guilder one-timed a blast from the right face-off circle past Pasquale’s glove side.

Pasquale (3-0-0) posted 28 saves in regulation and overtime for Chicago.

The Wolves will host the Abbotsford Heat at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Milwaukee 1 1 0 0 -- 2

Chicago 0 1 1 0 (1) -- 3 Shootout

First Period---1, Milwaukee, Santorelli 1 (Van Guilder, Palin), 18:59. Penalties---Esposito, Chicago (tripping), 7:42.

Second Period---2, Chicago, Ross 1 (Sifers, Holzapfel), 12:41; 3, Milwaukee, Van Guilder 2 (Bartlett, Laakso), 14:12. Penalties---Bartlett, Milwaukee (slashing), 3:45; Ford, Milwaukee (fighting), 5:59; Kulda, Chicago (fighting), 5:59; Sifers, Chicago (boarding), 7:26; Ford, Milwaukee (fighting), 12:11; Deveaux, Chicago (fighting), 12:11; Mueller, Milwaukee (roughing), 14:39; Spaling, Milwaukee (roughing), 14:39; Holzapfel, Chicago (roughing), 14:39.

Third Period---4, Chicago, Siklenka 1 (Zubarev, Machacek), 10:06 pp. Penalties---Johnson, Milwaukee (slashing), 8:47.

Overtime---None. Penalties---None.

Shootout---Milwaukee: Santorelli, miss; Klasen, made; Van Guilder, miss; Bourque, miss. Chicago: Kozek, made; Aliu, made; Pettersson, miss; Haydar, miss; Machacek, made.

Shots on goal---Milwaukee: 11-10-8-1-0--30. Chicago: 11-14-7-0-1-33. Power plays---Milwaukee: 0-2. Chicago: 1-2. Goalies---Milwaukee, Pickard (30-32). Chicago, Pasquale (28-30). A---10,924. Referee---Mark Lemelin. Linesmen---Mike Hamilton and Al Stensland.