ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves offense continued clicking as they matched a season high with six goals on the way to collecting their third straight win, a 6-3 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters at the Allstate Arena Tuesday night.
Left wing Nigel Dawes (2G, A) and right wing Spencer Machacek (2G, A) paced the offense with three points apiece, while forwards Jared Ross and Jamie Hunt each chipped in two assists for Chicago (9-11-1-0).
Forwards Jason Krog and Michael Davies also tallied goals for the Wolves, who have scored five or more goals in three straight games after being held to two or fewer goals in the previous seven straight outings.
“Once our offensive guys score some goals, the confidence comes,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “Our goaltending has been solid and that’s been a big help.”
Lake Erie (9-9-1-2) got on the board first with a power-play goal, 4:37 into the contest, when right wing Matthew Ford fired a shot past Wolves goaltender Peter Mannino from the top of the circle.
The Wolves drew even, 1-1, at 7:28 of the first period. Ross collected the puck and drove toward the net where he dished a pass to Machacek at the top of the crease for a quick tap past Monster netminder Trevor Cann.
Krog put the Wolves on top, 2-1, at 9:51 of the first frame. Right wing Darren Haydar controlled the puck along the right boards and slipped a pass to center Andre Deveaux behind the goal line. Deveaux dished a pass to Krog from behind the net and the center popped it past Cann into the left corner.
Machacek added his second of the game at 12:10 of the first period when Dawes sent a pass across the ice to him parked by the left goal post for a one-timer past Cann.
The Monsters answered to pull to 3-2 with Ford’s second of the game at 13:46 of the first period. Center Mark Olver chipped the puck out from behind the net to Ford in the slot and he cranked it past a screened Mannino.
Dawes deflected Noah Welch’s shot from above the left face-off circle at 9:59 of the second period to make the score 4-2 in favor of Chicago.
The Monsters pulled within one again, 4-3, when center Mike Carman knocked a pass from right wing Tom Zanoski down the slot past Mannino at 10:54 of the middle period.
Mannino (4-3-0) posted 15 saves on 18 shots in collecting his third straight win.
The Wolves answered to regain a two-goal lead, 5-3, just 70 seconds later when right wing Akim Aliu fired a pass out to left wing Michael Davies in the circle and Davies wound up and banged it by Cann for his first professional goal.
Dawes tallied his second of the game at 5:59 of the third period to make the Wolves leads 6-3 when he flipped a wrist shot past Cann from the near circle.
Cann (1-3-0) turned aside 40 shots in the loss for Lake Erie.
The Wolves visit the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena on Friday at 7 p.m.
Lake Erie 2 1 0 -- 3
Chicago 3 2 1 -- 6
First Period---1, Lake Erie, Ford 5 (Macias, Montgomery), 4:37 pp; 2, Chicago, Machacek 8 (Ross, Hunt), 7:28; 3, Chicago, Krog 4 (Deveaux, Haydar), 9:51; 4, Chicago, Machacek 9 (Dawes, Ross), 12:10 pp; 5, Lake Erie, Ford 6 (Olver, Macias), 13:46. Penalties---Gawryletz, Lake Erie (holding the stick), 1:43; Siklenka, Chicago (hooking), 4:22; Olver, Lake Erie (hooking), 5:04; Bordeleau, Lake Erie (goaltender interference), 7:53; Fraser, Lake Erie (hooking), 11:34; Walker, Lake Erie (tripping), 14:07; Zanoski, Lake Erie (fighting), 18:04; Machacek, Chicago (fighting), 18:04.
Second Period---6, Chicago, Dawes 4 (Welch, Machacek), 9:59; 7, Lake Erie, Carman 4 (Zanoski, Mercier), 10:54; 8, Chicago, Davies 1 (Aliu, Zubarev), 12:04. Penalties---Mercier, Lake Erie (hooking), 1:47; Aliu, Chicago (hooking), 13:16.
Third Period---9, Chicago, Dawes 5 (Hunt, Siklenka), 5:59 pp. Penalties---Machacek, Chicago (slashing), 1:56; Gaunce, Lake Erie (tripping), 4:53; Mercier, Lake Erie (hooking), 7:01; Bench, Lake Erie (too many men), 10:42; Carman, Lake Erie (holding), 15:23; Gaunce, Lake Erie (fighting), 17:50; Deveaux, Chicago (fighting), 17:50; Fraser, Lake Erie (holding), 18:17.
Shots on goal---Lake Erie: 5-9-4--18. Chicago: 22-13-11--46. Power plays---Lake Erie: 1-3. Chicago: 3-11. Goalies---Lake Erie, Cann (40-46). Chicago, Mannino (15-18). A---3,727. Referee---Marcus Vinnerborg and Shaun Davis. Linesmen---Al Stensland and Mike Hamilton.