ROSEMONT, Ill.---Chicago Wolves center Jordan Schroeder broke a 1-1 deadlock with a short-handed goal with 3:26 remaining in the game to lift the team past the Houston Aeros 2-1 in front of 9,231 fans in their fourth “School Day Game” Tuesday afternoon at the Allstate Arena.
Forward Michael Davies also scored and goaltender Eddie Lack kicked out 28 shots for Chicago, which won for the fifth time in its last six outings.
“We took it to them pretty hard at the start and they came right back at us,” said Wolves head coach Craig MacTavish. “Eddie was sensational for us and Jordan was able to capitalized on a great play by Tim (Miller),”
Chicago (26-17-1-3) grabbed the game-winner while short-handed at 16:34. Forward Tim Miller scooped up a loose puck behind the Aeros net and wristed a long shot on that was sticked away by Houston goaltender Matt Hackett. The rebound went into the far circle right to Schroeder, who deked and buried a shot past Hackett.
The Wolves opened scoring 6:43 into the contest when Davies intercepted an errant pass from an Aeros defender in the slot and snapped a quick shot over Hackett’s glove.
Hackett (15-10-4) posted 26 saves.
Houston (23-13-3-9) tied the score 1-1 with 1:02 remaining in the second period. Right wing Jon DiSalvatore found defenseman Chay Genoway at the near point and he walked into a slap shot that sailed over the glove of Lack (12-11-3).
Houston 0 1 0 -- 1
Chicago 1 0 1 -- 2
First Period---1, Chicago, Davies 5 (unassisted), 6:43. Penalties---Roussel, Chicago (hooking), 14:28.
Second Period---2, Houston, Genoway 5 (DiSalvatore, Scandella), 18:58. Penalties---Medvec, Houston (hooking), 10:42; Rau, Houston (hooking), 18:07; Rodin, Chicago (holding the stick), 18:26.
Third Period---3, Chicago, Schroeder 14 (Miller), 16:34 sh. Penalties---Erixon, Chicago (delay of game), 2:35; Broda, Houston (elbowing), 6:01; Connauton, Chicago (slashing), 15:56.
Shots on goal---Houston: 9-10-10--29. Chicago: 10-9-9-28. Power plays---Houston: 0-4. Chicago: 0-3. Goalies---Houston, Hackett (26-28). Chicago, Lack (28-29). A---9,231. Referees---Tim Mayer and Graham Skilliter. Linesmen---Brian Oliver and Mathieu Chenier.