Offense erupts as Wolves end 3-game skid
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media November 20, 2012 11:39PM
Updated: December 22, 2012 6:35AM
Saddled with a three-game losing streak heading into Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena, Wolves coach Scott Arniel had resisted any finger-pointing and called on the entire team to pull itself out of the slump.
But it seems the Wolves’ fortunes are strongly tied to those of Jordan Schroeder, who is among their best skill players.
So it was no surprise that a 5-3 win over the Admirals included a strong performance by the 22-year-old center, including a spectacular second-period goal.
‘‘It feels good to find the score sheet,’’ Schroeder said. ‘‘I had to get back to some basic things and get some pucks on net. I got to give credit to my linemates Gordo [Andrew Gordon] and Kass [Zack Kassian] tonight. I thought we played great — moved the puck well, definitely got a lot of scoring opportunities. So it was good.”
Schroeder’s goal, which gave the Wolves a 4-1 lead, came after he spun around in the slot and jabbed his stick at the puck to get it past Admirals goalie Jeremy Smith.
Schroeder was also on the ice for two of the Wolves’ three first-period goals — a Gordon power-play goal at 12:27 and a Mark Matheson wrist shot at 1:02. Brett Sterling scored the Wolves’ first goal.
Sterling added a third-period goal at 2:11 just 30 seconds after Milwaukee had cut the Wolves’ lead to 4-2. It was a much-needed offensive outburst for a Wolves team that scored more than two goals only once in the previous five games.
‘‘We made an effort to get pucks on net and get to the net,” Sterling said. ‘‘We’ve got to try and score some dirty goals. But tonight we were able to score some nice ones, but it all came from driving the net and getting some shots through.’’