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Three second-period goals spark Wolves in Charlotte

February 6, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Chicago Wolves scored three goals in the second period and goaltender Jordan Binnington delivered 39 saves as the Wolves rolled to a 4-1 victory over Charlotte on Friday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Chicago Wolves scored three goals in the second period and goaltender Jordan Binnington delivered 39 saves as the Wolves rolled to a 4-1 victory over Charlotte on Friday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Forwards Shane Harper, Adam Burish, Philip McRae and Terry Broadhurst scored for the Wolves (23-18-5-1), who built a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes against the Checkers (16-24-5-1).

Harper provided the game’s opening goal at 3:17 of the first as Broadhurst led him with a pass that allowed him to roar down the right side past the defense. As Harper reached the crease, he used a pull and drag to keep the puck away from goaltender Drew MacIntyre’s poke check and then slid it home. Broadhurst and Pat Cannone earned assists on Harper’s team-high 19th goal of the season.

The Wolves boosted their margin to 2-0 with Burish’s power-play goal 2:50 into the second. McRae set up along the half-wall and fed the puck in front of the crease to Welsh, who sent a no-look backhand pass between a Charlotte defenseman’s legs to Burish for a one-timer.

Chicago’s lead increased to 3-0 at 9:46 of the second when defenseman Petteri Lindbohm whistled a wrister from the left point that McRae redirected past MacIntyre.

Harper returned the favor to Broadhurst at 15:15 of the second as Harper won a puck battle in the corner and delivered a pass to Broadhurst at the bottom of the right circle. Broadhurst flicked home a quick shot at close range to give the Wolves a 4-0 lead and send MacIntyre out of the game in favor of backup John Muse.

Binnington’s bid for his second shutout this season ended with 4:41 to play. After Charlotte enjoyed an extended stretch in the offensive zone, Alex Aleardi set up Brody Sutter for a one-timer from the slot.

Binnington, who made his ninth consecutive start, boosted his record to 14-9-3. MacIntyre (13-15-4) stopped 16 of 20 shots in the loss while Muse posted 11 saves.

The Wolves face Charlotte again at 6 p.m. Saturday before starting a seven-game stretch at Allstate Arena with a 7 p.m. game Wednesday against Milwaukee. To find the best deals on tickets, visit ChicagoWolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

WOLVES 4, CHECKERS 1
Chicago 1 3 0 — 4
Charlotte 0 0 1 — 1

First Period—1, Chicago, Harper 19 (Broadhurst, Cannone), 3:17. Penalties—Edmundson, Chicago (cross-checking), 9:12.

Second Period—2, Chicago, Burish 8 (Welsh, McRae), 2:50 pp; 3, Chicago, McRae 15 (Lindbohm), 9:46; 4, Chicago, Broadhurst 5 (Harper), 15:15. Penalties—Rissanen, Charlotte (hooking), 0:21; McGinn, Charlotte (high-sticking), 0:56.

Third Period—5, Charlotte, Sutter 4 (Aleardi, Lowe) 15:19. Penalties—Brown, Charlotte (hooking), 2:14; Robertson, Charlotte (fighting), 4:46; Eager, Chicago (fighting), 4:46; Ferriero, Chicago (goaltender interference), 7:16; Bordson, Chicago (hooking), 16:01; Biega, Charlotte (hooking), 18:20.

Shots on goal—Chicago 13-11-7—31; Charlotte 11-12-17—40. Power plays—Chicago 1-4; Charlotte 0-3. Goalies—Chicago, Binnington (39-40); Charlotte, MacIntyre (16-20) replaced at 35:15 by Muse (11-11). A—8,058. Referees—Pierre Lambert and Tim Mayer. Linesmen—Charlie O’Connor and Steve Walsh.