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Monsters’ Pickard Shuts Down Wolves

March 8, 2015

CLEVELAND, OH – Lake Erie goaltender Calvin Pickard made 34 saves, including several in spectacular fashion, as the Chicago Wolves suffered a 1-0 defeat on Sunday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.

 

CLEVELAND, OH – Lake Erie goaltender Calvin Pickard made 34 saves, including several in spectacular fashion, as the Chicago Wolves suffered a 1-0 defeat on Sunday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Wolves, who played without high-scoring forwards Pat Cannone, Ty Rattie and Magnus Paajarvi due to injury, pulled goaltender Matt Climie with two minutes to go in their effort to get the equalizer.

Chicago (28-22-6-1) attacked the crease on multiple occasions in the waning moments, but Pickard (15-12-5) was up to the challenge.

Lake Erie (26-23-5-3), which pulled within 3 points of the Wolves in the Midwest Division standings, earned its goal at 7:23 of the first period. After a Wolves turnover in the defensive zone, Monsters defenseman Reid Petryk controlled the puck along the left half-wall and fed it back to Andrew Agozzino in the high slot. Agozzino unleashed a one-timer that whistled between the screened Climie’s skates.

Climie (9-10-3) stopped 24 of 25 shots in his first start since Jan. 16. Jordan Binnington’s franchise-record streak for consecutive starts ended at 18 games.

The Wolves return to Allstate Arena at 7 p.m. Wednesday to face North Division-leading Utica. It’s the first chance for fans to see the St. Patrick’s Day commemorative jerseys, presented by Jewel-Osco, and participate in the auctions and raffles that benefit Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago and Chicago Wolves Charities. To find the best ticket specials, visit ChicagoWolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

MONSTERS 1, WOLVES 0

Chicago 0 0 0 — 0

Lake Erie 1 0 0 — 1

First Period—1, Lake Erie, Agozzino 17 (Petryk, Street), 7:23. Penalties—Siemens, Lake Erie (holding), 8:01; Burish, Chicago (diving/embellishment), 8:01; Petryk, Lake Erie (high-sticking double-minor), 9:33.

Second Period—None. Penalties—Fraser, Chicago (hooking), 2:02; Youds, Lake Erie (tripping), 7:10; Fraser, Chicago (delay of game), 15:23.

Third Period—None. Penalties—Climie, Chicago (delay of game, served by Veilleux), 2:20; Burish, Chicago (diving/embellishment), 8:09; Cheek, Lake Erie (cross-checking), 11:45.

Shots on goal—Chicago 9-11-14—34; Lake Erie 10-9-6—25. Power plays—Chicago 0-4; Lake Erie 0-4. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (24-25); Lake Erie, Pickard (34-34). A—9,436. Referees—Dave Lewis and Brett Montsion. Linesmen—Ryan Daisy and Ray King.