02 April 2013

Wolves Start Six-Game Road Trip with 6-3 Triumph at San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, Texas---A flurry of first-period goals set up the Chicago Wolves for a Texas-sized win Tuesday night as they bested the San Antonio Rampage 6-3 at AT&T Center. 

Zack KassianLudwig BlomstrandAndrew GordonBrad HuntBrett Sterling and Darren Haydar all notched scores for the Wolves (33-24-5-4), who pulled into a share of eighth place with Milwaukee in the Western Conference playoff chase. 

Goaltender Matt Climie (20-20-3) stopped 28 of 31 shots for the Wolves as they won in San Antonio for the first time since Jan. 15, 2010. 

Kassian was one of the two players who returned to the Wolves from Vancouver prior to Tuesday’s tilt and he wasted no time making his presence felt. He lit the lamp just 13 seconds into the game for the fastest opening goal by the Wolves this season and four seconds shy of the franchise record owned by Tim Stapleton and Tim Miller

Left wing Blomstrand potted his first goal in North America, a rebound of a save by Rampage netminder Dov Grumet-Morris, to extend the Wolves lead at 2:53. 

Just as Chicago was starting to find its offensive rhythm, a defensive breakdown in its own zone led to Rampage right wing Anthony Luciani capitalizing with his first score of the season at 3:25 and bringing San Antonio within 2-1. 

Gordon, the other player back with the Wolves after an NHL stint, also found his stride early as he knocked in a puck on Grumet-Morris at the 4:02 mark with helpers from Sterling andAdam Polasek

Then it was Gordon’s turn to set up a score as he battled the Rampage on the boards and set up defenseman Hunt’s third goal of the season to make it 4-1 Wolves 13:30 into the first period. 

San Antonio (29-31-1-6) swapped out Grumet-Morris for Brian Foster following the score, but it did little to slow the Wolves as the second frame opened and Sterling (1 goal, 3 assists) ripped a slap shot through traffic and into Foster’s mesh at 6:37. 

Rampage center Scott Timmins and defenseman Zach Miskovic, who was traded from the Wolves to San Antonio earlier this season, each pocketed scores on Climie in the third, but Haydar’s empty-net marker at 18:13 ensured the victory. 

The Wolves continue their six-game road trip at 7 p.m. Friday when they visit the Houston Aeros. The team returns to the Allstate Arena on Saturday, April 13, to welcome the Charlotte Checkers. For tickets, call1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com. 

Chicago 4 1 1 -- 6 
San Antonio 1 0 2 -- 3 

First Period---1, Chicago, Kassian 8 (Archibald, Vandermeer), 0:13; 2, Chicago, Blomstrand 1 (Kattelus, Schneider), 2:53; 3, San Antonio, Luciani 1 (McFarland), 3:25; 4, Chicago, Gordon 17 (Sterling, Polasek), 4:02; 5, Chicago, Hunt 3 (Gordon, Sterling), 13:30. Penalties---Gordon, Chicago (hooking), 18:15; Kattelus, Chicago (delay of game – faceoff violation), 19:53. 

Second Period---6, Chicago, Sterling 21 (Polasek), 6:37. Penalties---Yonkman, San Antonio (interference), 3:03; Yonkman, San Antonio (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:49; Vandermeer, Chicago (delay of game), 15:24. 

Third Period---7, San Antonio, Timmins 10 (unassisted), 4:16; 8, San Antonio, Miskovic (Barlow, Combs), 8:12 pp; 9, Chicago, Haydar 20 (Sterling, Gordon), 18:13 en. Penalties---Kattelus, Chicago (holding), 7:51. 

Shots on goal---Chicago: 10-16-8--34; San Antonio: 8-12-11--31. Power plays---Chicago 0-2; San Antonio 1-4. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (28-31), San Antonio, Grumet-Morris (6-10), replaced at 13:30; Foster (22-23). A---5,025. Referees---T.J. Luxmore, Nic Leduc. Linesmen---Fred Hudy, Brad Phillips.