09 February 2013

Toronto Holds Off Wolves, 4-2

TORONTO, Ontario---One day after shutting out the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Chicago Wolves were tripped up by the Toronto Marlies, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.

Left wing Bill Sweatt and forward Andrew Gordon scored the goals for the Wolves. Captain Darren Haydar pocketed two assists.

Matt Climie (11-12-1) was back between the pipes for Chicago (23-16-3-2) after a 23-save shutout on Friday night in Hamilton. He stopped 21 of 24 Toronto shots.

After getting off to a quick start Friday versus the Bulldogs, things were at a decidedly slower pace early in Toronto. It wasn’t until the end of the first period that Marlies center Mike Zigomanis potted the first score, a power-play marker that beat Climie top-shelf at 16:27.

Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Marlies (25-15-2-2) went back on the power play early in the second period and capitalized again. This time center Joe Colborne stuffed a loose puck into Climie’s net at 4:28.

It didn’t take long for the Wolves to respond. Haydar fed Sweatt down low so Sweatt could slap a wrister past Marlies goalie Jussi Rynnas at 5:14 of the second.

Still holding a 2-1 advantage, Toronto extended it midway through the second with a Jesse Blacker tip-in at 14:17.

Entering the final frame in a two-goal hole, the Wolves found a spark quickly in the form of another Haydar setup. He fed forward Andrew Gordon, who beat Rynnas stick-side 5:13 into the period.

Despite the surge in play, the Wolves couldn’t close the gap all the way. Marlies right wing Carter Ashton sealed the deal for Toronto with an empty-net marker at 18:55. Rynnas (8-7-1) made 24 saves to earn the win.

Chicago returns to Allstate Arena on Thursday, Feb. 14, to face the Charlotte Checkers at 7 PM. For tickets, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

Chicago 0 1 1 -- 2

Toronto 1 2 1 -- 4

First Period---1, Toronto, Zigomanis 4 (Connolly, Gardiner), 16:27 pp. Penalties---Friesen, Chicago (boarding), 3:08; Desbiens, Chicago (goaltender interference), 15:45; Zigomanis, Toronto (hooking), 19:49.

Second Period---2, Toronto, Colborne 6 (Deschamps, Gysbers), 4:28 pp; 3, Chicago, Sweatt 9 (Haydar, Polasek), 5:14; 4, Toronto, Blacker 2 (Gardiner, Colborne), 14:17. Penalties---DiDiomete, Chicago (slashing), 3:10; Grimshaw, Toronto (holding the stick), 13:19; Rodin, Chicago (slashing), 13:39.

Third Period---5, Chicago, Gordon 13 (Haydar, Hunt), 5:13; 6, Toronto, Ashton 10 (Blacker), 18:55 en. Penalties---Archibald, Chicago (cross-checking), 19:47.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 9-5-12--26; Toronto 5-12-8--25. Power plays---Chicago 0-2; Toronto 2-5. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (21-24); Toronto, Rynnas (24-26). A---5,399. Referee---Pierre Lambert. Linesmen---Kiel Murchison and Matt Traub.