01 January 2011

Wolves Ring In New Year With 3-2 Win In Manitoba

Defenseman Paul Postma (2G, A) and center Andre Deveaux potted goals for Chicago.

Manitoba (18-11-0-4) got on board first, 7:11 into the first period with a power-play strike when left wing Bill Sweatt ripped a shot from the right faceoff circle past Chicago netminder Drew MacIntyre, glove side.

MacIntyre (3-3-0) kicked out 14 shots in his third straight win.

Chicago (20-16-2-1) tied the score at one when Nigel Dawes fed a pass to Postma in the slot and he snapped a shot through traffic past Manitoba netminder Eddie Lack, 10:52 into the second period.

Deveaux gave the Wolves a 2-1 lead, 1:52 into the third period when he found the rebounded puck in the paint and flicked it past Lack.

Chicago brought the score to 3-1 just over two minutes after when Postma picked up his own rebound in the slot and fired it past Lack.

Lack (13-7-2) recorded 26 saves for Manitoba.

Manitoba pulled within one, 3-2, when right wing Sergei Shirokov’s shot from the left faceoff circle deflected off a skate and into the net 15:32 into the last frame, but the Wolves held off the comeback.

The Wolves return to the Allstate Arena to start a seven-game homestand against the Toronto Marlies on Wed., Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.

Chicago 0 1 2 -- 3

Manitoba 1 0 1 -- 2

First Period---1, Manitoba, Sweatt 8 (Rosa, Sauve), 7:11 pp. Penalties---Rosa, Manitoba (tripping), 3:37; Esposito, Chicago (slashing), 5:57; Lack, Manitoba (holding), 8:52; Deveaux, Chicago (interference), 12:07.

Second Period---2, Chicago, Postma 6 (Dawes, Esposito), 10:52 pp. Penalties---Valabik, Chicago (boarding), 0:47; Aspenlind, Manitoba (roughing), 9:46; Andersson, Manitoba (slashing), 19:47.

Third Period---3, Chicago, Deveaux 12 (Postma, Krog), 1:52; 4, Chicago, Postma 7 (Holzapfel, Machacek), 3:50; 5, Manitoba, Shirokov 10 (Perrault, Weller), 15:32. Penalties---None.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 5-11-13--29. Manitoba: 2-6-8--16. Power plays---Chicago: 1-4. Manitoba: 1-3. Goalies--Chicago, MacIntyre (14-16). Manitoba, Lack (26-29). A---6,453. Referee---Geno Binda. Linesmen---Travis Lang and Brady Woods.