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Recap: Chicago Wolves vs. Milwaukee Admirals

The American Hockey League (AHL) regular season opened up on Saturday night as two of the AHL’s most lethal offensive attacks from last year faced off in a rivalry game that truly lived up to the hype.Paajarvi

Wolves left winger Magnus Paajarvi opened up the scoring just five minutes into the game, but the Admirals fired back with a score of their own thanks to an unassisted goal by the Admirals’ Vladislav Kamenev.

However, that would be the only goal the Wolves stout defense would allow as four unanswered goals gave Chicago a resounding 5-1 victory to start off the season.

Ty Rattie was the key offensive weapon for the Wolves as his 2 goals and 1 assist led all players and sets the stage for an incredible season moving forward.

“I think we have a real offensive team, we moved the puck really well,” said Rattie. He also went on to acknowledge the stellar play of his defensemen: “It’s huge. It gives the forwards confidence and when you know you have defense back there that can move the puck, it leads to chances for forwards and it worked out really well today.”

Wolves head coach John Anderson was understandably thrilled with his team’s performance, especially on the defensive end: “I thought our puck possession time was really good. I don’t think they had a lot of time with the puck. We really had control with the puck and I think that’s due to our defense cutting plays off and not spending time in our zone. I think we had way more possession than they did.”

He also pointed out Ty Rattie’s consistency and leadership on the offensive end: “We have three different guys who can shoot, but with Ty shooting, it goes in the net.”

BinningtonWolves goaltender Jordan Binnington was a man on a mission tonight, stopping 16 of the Admirals’ 17 shots on goal and shutting out the Admirals during the final two periods.

After the game, Binnington did not hesitate to give his defensemen credit for his stellar play in goal: “They [the defenders] were incredible. We have a really strong D-core. We probably have at least four guys who should  be in the NHL right now so we are pretty fortunate. They still work hard and they enjoy being down here. They were blocking shots tonight and making smart plays so it was a good night.”

One critical element to the Wolves’ outstanding play on the offensive end was due, in part, to the Wolves capitalizing on their many power play opportunities. Four of the Wolves’ five goals were scored on power plays, which is sure to intimidate their opponents moving forward.

The Wolves play again next Friday night when they take on the Texas Stars at home, while the Admirals also play next Friday night at home against the Charlotte Checkers.

One Comment

  1. Jack Lowe

    October 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Fantastic article! This writer clearly knows the Wolves, and hockey in general. Pecoraro’s writing will keep me coming back to Cleat Geeks, for sure!

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