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Game Recap: Chicago Wolves vs. Manitoba Moose

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Wolves hosted the Manitoba Moose at the AllState Arena Monday night.  This would be the Chicago Wolves last game before they take off for the holidays.

This was their sixth of eight meetings against the Manitoba Moose this season.  The Wolves lead the season series with a 4-0-1-0 record.  And in front of 4,510, the Wolves gave their fans an early Christmas gift.WolvesFire

Both teams came out ready to play and went after each other right away.  A lot of hits and scuffles around the net were about the only thing fans had to cheer for until the last minute of the period. Pat Cannone netted his 8th goal of the season with 50.5 seconds left in the 1st period.  This goal came shortly after the Wolves second powerplay expired.

Wolves’ fans were still celebrating Cannone’s goal when just twelve seconds later, Ivan Barbashev (6) scored and put the Wolves up 2-0.  The Wolves lead the shot category 14-5 and were 0 for 2 on the power play while the Moose were 0 for 3.

The Moose knew they had to rebound after being down 2-0 to end the first period and they did just that.  RW Austin Brassard scored his fifth goal of the season and cut the deficit in half making it 2-1 Wolves early in the second.  Much later in the period, Jeremy Welsh scored and brought the lead back to two for the Wolves.

Jeremy-Welsh-500x288Jeremy Welsh has appeared in two games for the St. Louis Blues this season accumulating 2 penalty minutes.  Welsh scored his ninth goal of the season in the second period now making him the leading goal scorer for the Chicago Wolves.

Despite still possessing the lead, the Wolves were outshot 11-8 in the second period.

Each team had only had one shot on goal in the first seven minutes of the third period.  The Moose had a powerplay opportunity midway through the period but failed to capitalize.  Wolves RW Cody Beach almost made it 4-1 with around 6 minutes left in the third but Moose goalie Eric Comrie just got the pad in front of the puck. And with 1:17 left in the game, Ty Rattie got an empty net goal making it 4-1 Wolves and that ended up being your final score.

The Wolves are now 5-0-1-0 against the Manitoba Moose this season.

After the game, Chicago Wolves goalie Pheonix Copley talked about his defense and how big there were in this game: “We played a good team game and worked hard….they make my job a lot easier and if I don’t get rebounds then they are there to clean it up.” For the holidays, Copley will be traveling back to his hometown of North Pole, Alaska.  Copley earned his eighth win Monday night vs. the Moose. Copley not only earned his eighth win of the season but also his third in a row.  He stopped 24 shots and allowed only goal against the Moose in the second period Monday night.PheonixCopleyup

Captain Pat Connone started things off for the Wolves Monday night as he scored the first goal of the game. His goal came right after the powerplay expired and he had a feeling it was over once he shot the puck.  “I had a feeling it expired; we were moving it around really well and Peter Harrold made a really nice play, put it in an area.  I was lucky to get a piece of it and put it in,” Pheonix added.

In the end, it was just another day at the office for this young Wolves’ team.

The Chicago Wolves now take off for the holidays and won’t return to the ice until Saturday, December 26 at home vs. Iowa Wild.  The Wild are currently last in the central division with a 5-22-2-3 record.  The Wolves are now riding a three game win streak and improve to 14-10-1-2.

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