09 January 2010

Wolves Sink Rivermen, 3-1

Chicago (19-16-0-2) has defeated Peoria (20-14-1-3) in all four of the clubs' head-to-head matchups so far this season and recorded wins in three straight contests on home ice.

Wolves netminder Drew MacIntyre (9-11-1) posted 16 saves on 17 shots in his first start since Dec. 27, which includes holding the Rivermen scoreless for the first 45:07 of the game.

"We played really solid and we were able to get a lot of shots on net because we were so good in our own end," said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. "We are looking for consistency to our game and we are starting to get that."

After 31:07 of scoreless hockey, center Kevin Doell cracked the stalemate to put Chicago on top, 1-0. Right wing Spencer Machacek hammered a shot from the blue line, which bounced off Rivermen netminder Ben Bishop's pads, and landed unattended near the crease, where Doell came streaking in and pounded it into the net.

Pohl pocketed the eventual game-winner with a power-play goal at 3:51 of the third period to make the score 2-0. Bishop went down to make a save on a Nathan Oystrick blast from the blue line, leaving the net wide open for Pohl to deposit the rebound.

Peoria got back in the game just 76 seconds later when center Nicholas Drazenovic carried the puck around the back of the net and flicked it out front to defenseman Justin Fletcher, who roofed it over MacIntyre's right shoulder.

Pohl potted his second of the game at 11:53 of the third to make the score 3-1 when he backhanded a rebound between Bishop's pad and the goal post after picking up a rebound from a Patrick Galivan attempt.

Bishop (12-7-2) turned aside 39 shots for Peoria.

The Wolves will host the Toronto Marlies at the Allstate Arena on Sunday at 3p.m.

Peoria 0 0 1 -- 1
Chicago 0 1 2 -- 3

First Period---None. Penalties---Crabb, Chicago (tripping), 1:26; Talbot, Peoria (hooking), 17:58.

Second Period---1, Chicago, Doell 6 (Machacek, Holzapfel), 11:07. Penalties---Porter, Peoria (hooking), 8:32; Kulda, Chicago (roughing), 11:52.

Third Period---2, Chicago, Pohl 10 (Oystrick, Krog), 3:51 pp; 3, Peoria, Fletcher 2 (Drazenovic, Wagner), 5:07; 4, Chicago, Pohl 11 (Galivan, Krog), 11:53. Penalties---Pelletier, Peoria (hooking), 2:36; Paddock, Peoria (slashing), 5:11; Doell, Chicago (cross-checking), 5:11; Lampman, Peoria (delay of game), 13:32; Bench, Peoria (too many men), 14:58; Paddock, Peoria (roughing), 15:14; Stewart, Chicago (roughing), 15:14.

Shots on goal---Peoria: 5-8-4--17. Chicago: 11-10-21--42. Power plays---Peoria: 0-2. Chicago: 1-5. Goalies---Peoria, Bishop (39-42). Chicago, MacIntyre (16-17). A---13,555. Referee---Francis Charron. Linesmen---Al Stensland and Johnathan Morrison.