Brett Sterling managed two goals off six shots to lead the Chicago Wolves to a 3-2 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The win was Chicago’s third straight victory in as many games.
Despite trailing 1-0 early in the first period, the Wolves fought back as Andrew Ebbett converted off a beautiful pass from defenseman Mark Matheson at 10:05 mark to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was Ebbett’s fourth of the year in 22 games. Prior to the current NHL lockout, the 29-year-old Ebbett spent the 2011-12 season (18 games) with the Vancouver Canucks, the Wolves’ NHL affiliate.
After Lake Erie’s Thomas Pock was called for interference later in the period, Chicago’s Brett Sterling got the first of his two goals on the ensuing power-play, the first of which would prove to be the game winner, at 13:05. The assists were credited to Zack Kassian (2 assists) and Ebbett (1 goal, 2 assists).
Sterling lit the lamp again at the 2:34 mark of the second period, his 8th goal of the season, to extend the Wolves lead to 3-1. Kassian and Ebbett were again credited with the assists.
The score would hold at 3-1 until Lake Erie’s David van der Gulk brought the Monsters to within one goal with 7:36 remaining to play in the final period.
However, Chicago’s netminder Matt Climie continued his solid performance and kept the Monsters off the scoresheet in the final minutes to secure the 3-2 victory for the Wolves. The 29-year-old Climie, in his second season with the Wolves, was credited with 30 saves on 32 shots and earned his fifth win of the season.
With the win, the Wolves earned their 27th point of the season and currently sit in third place of the AHL’s Midwest Division, trailing the Grand Rapids Griffins (28 points) and Rockford IceHogs (28 points).
The Wolves will go for four wins in a row when they host the North Division leading Abbotsford Heat (15-5-3-3) on Wednesday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the Allstate Arena in Chicago.
The Chicago Wolves are a professional hockey team that plays in the American Hockey League. They Wolves are the Vancouver Canucks’ top minor league affiliate. The Wolves play home games at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. For more information, visit the team’s official website at www.chicagowolves.com
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