Updated: January 21, 2013 4:03PM
Earlier in the year, it would have been easy for Wolves goalie Matt Climie to lose his focus.
Climie has been playing at a high level since mid-November, but the Wolves didn’t take advantage at the time and lost four in a row.
Climie’s approach has remained consistent, and finally the Wolves are capitalizing. They beat the Abbotsford Heat 1-0 on Wednesday at Allstate Arena for their fourth consecutive victory and Climie’s first shutout of the season.
“Mental preparation as a goaltender, you’ve just got to start every game fresh and [have a] fresh mind-set and just kind of battle,” Climie said. “It’s always nice to get a shutout, but at the same time it’s really nice to get the win and it’s really nice to be on a roll now.”
The game’s lone goal came when captain Darren Haydar scored at 10:02 of the first period. Haydar has eight points in his last seven games after going without a goal in the first 16 games of the season.
The goal-less streak weighed on Haydar, who was benched earlier this month.
“I’d be lying if I said otherwise. Of course I’m relieved,” Haydar said. “I got a few chances. I’ve got to bury them. That’s what I’m here for, to get myself on the scoresheet and help this team win.”
Though coach Scott Arniel would have liked to see his team put more of its chances in the net, he was thrilled with its defense.
“Playing in the third period the smart way is helping us gain points,” Arniel said.