21 April 2013

Wolves Wrap Up Season With 3-1 Defeat

Rosemont, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves concluded their 19th season with a 3-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena.

The Wolves finished with a 37-30-5-4 mark, which maintained their uninterrupted tradition of winning records since the franchise was founded in 1994. Chicago drew 312,732 fans to Allstate Arena, which was good second in the 30-team American Hockey League.

“You like to finish the year by winning the last one, but we fell short tonight,” said Wolves head coach Scott Arniel. “Looking back, this was such a wacky year with the lockout, injuries, and callups and we couldn’t fight through it all to reach our goal.”

Midwest Division champion Grand Rapids (42-26-4-4) broke to a 2-0 lead in the first period as left wing Jeff Hoggan scored both goals --- the second coming shorthanded on an odd-man rush. The Griffins improved the lead to 3-0 at 1:23 of the second on Landon Ferraro’s power-play goal.

Wolves forward Anton Rodin cut into the margin at the 12:19 mark of the third period with his fourth goal of the year. Michael Davies and Mark Matheson set him up.

Grand Rapids goaltender Tom McCollum (18-11-2) posted 23 saves to pick up the win. Wolves goaltender Joe Cannata (6-6-0) stopped 34 of 37 shots.

Captain Darren Haydar led the Wolves in scoring for the year with 57 points (20 goals, 37 assists). Brett Sterling paced Chicago with 24 goals, the third time in his five seasons with the Wolves he has done so.

Matt Climie, who did not play Sunday after making 13 consecutive starts down the stretch, tied Wendell Young’s single-season Wolves record with six shutouts. Five of those came on the road, which set a franchise mark.

Grand Rapids 2 1 0 -- 3

Chicago 0 0 1 -- 1

First Period---1, Grand Rapids, Hoggan 19 (Glendening, Mursak), 15:20; 2, Grand Rapids, Hoggan 20 (Ferraro), 19:02 sh. Penalties---Sproul, Grand Rapids (high-sticking), 9:35; Evans, Grand Rapids (slashing), 18:13.

Second Period---3, Grand Rapids, Ferraro 24 (Pulkkinen, Almquist), 1:23 pp.

Third Period---4, Chicago, Rodin 4 (Davies, Matheson), 12:19. Penalties---Glendening, Grand Rapids (high-sticking), 3:49; Haydar, Chicago (high-sticking), 14:39.

Penalties---Matheson, Chicago (slashing), 0:36; Glendening, Grand Rapids (high-sticking), 13:50; Blain, Chicago (tripping), 18:18.

Shots on goal---Grand Rapids 15-9-13—37; Chicago 12-5-7—24. Power plays---Grand Rapids 1-3; Chicago 0-4. Goalies—Grand Rapids, McCollum (23-24), Chicago, Cannata (34-37). A---9,155. Referees---T.J. Luxmore and Graham Skilliter. Linesmen---John Grandt and Alex Stagnone.