CEDAR PARK, TX---The Chicago Wolves capped off their Texas road trip by knocking off the Western Conference-leading Texas Stars 4-3 Tuesday night at Cedar Park Center.
Defenseman Jim Vandermeer and forwards Bill Sweatt, Darren Archibald and Mike Davies scored for the Wolves (28-18-4-3). Center Andrew Ebbett added two assists to run his point streak to eight games.
Goaltender Matt Climie (16-15-2) stopped 23 of 26 shots.
As they did in their 2-0 victory on Friday at Texas, the Wolves (28-18-4-3) opened scoring in the first period when Vandermeer notched his first AHL goal since the 2004-05 season by burying a cross-crease feed from Steve Pinizzotto at 6:04.
The Stars (33-16-4-5) didn’t let the score stand for long, firing back with a puck redirected by center Travis Morin directly over Climie’s right shoulder at 14:20.
Tied 1-1 after the first period, the Wolves went quickly to the power play in the second and Sweatt spotted a low-flying pass from Ebbett and batted it into Campbell’s net 2:27 into the frame.
Not allowing Chicago to hold its lead for even a minute, Stars right wing Tomas Vincour evened the score by picking up a bouncing puck and rifling it through Climie at 3:23.
Knotted at two apiece, Chicago pulled away with two goals in 90 seconds. Archibald scored on a feed from Guillaume Desbiens and then Davies went on a breakaway and finished with a nifty backhander past Campbell to make it 4-2 at 6:53 of the second. Texas chose to swap Campbell out for Cristopher Nilstrop at that juncture.
Chicago held its two-goal advantage into the third period, but Matt Fraser’s power-play goal pulled Texas within 4-3 at 5:03. That would be all the Stars managed against the Wolves though, who outshot their hosts 29-26.
The Wolves wrap up their four-game road trip with an Amtrak Rivalry game on Friday at Milwaukee before returning to the Allstate Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Admirals. For tickets, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.
Chicago 1 3 0 -- 4
Texas 1 1 1 -- 3
First Period---1, Chicago, Vandermeer 1 (Pinizzotto, Ebbett), 6:04; 2, Texas, Morin 5 (Fraser, Sneep), 14:20. Penalties---Ebbett, Chicago (tripping), 3:28.
Second Period---3, Chicago, Sweatt (Ebbett, Haydar), 2:27 pp; 4, Texas, Vincour (Jones, Morin), 3:23; 5, Chicago, Archibald (Desbiens, Schneider), 5:32; 6, Chicago, Davies (Sweatt), 6:53. Penalties---Wathier, Texas (cross-checking), 1:49; Vincour, Texas (tripping), 16:09; Miller, Chicago (fighting), 19:42; Wrenn, Texas (fighting), 19:42.
Third Period---7, Texas, Fraser (Sceviour, Morin), 5:03 pp. Penalties---Davies, Chicago (hooking), 3:01; Davies, Chicago (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:01; Wathier, Texas (elbowing), 5:38; Haydar, Chicago (high- sticking), 13:02; Cameron, Texas (high-sticking), 15:51.
Shots on goal---Chicago: 9-14-6--29; Texas: 8-6-12--26. Power plays---Chicago 1-4; Texas 1-4. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (23-26); Texas, Campbell (11-15); Nilstrop (14-14). A---2,837. Referees---David Banfield and Terry Koharski. Linesmen---Brad Phillips and Randy Sappo.