After the news that the NHL and its players had reached an agreement Sunday to end the seasonlong lockout, the Wolves and Oklahoma City Barons found themselves scrambling after their parent teams poached their rosters.
So with players on both teams assigned new lines and defensive partners, it was more a matter of which team could get acclimated faster. It took the Wolves no time at all, as they exploded offensively in a 6-3 victory at Allstate Arena.
The Wolves parent club, the Vancouver Canucks, told them to scratch center Jordan Schroeder, right wing Zack Kassian, defenseman Chris Tanev and center Andrew Ebbett, who were called up for training camp. Defenseman Kevin Connauton also was called up, but the Canucks permitted the Wolves to play him so they could dress six defensemen.
‘‘Both teams were missing a group of players,’’ defenseman Derek Joslin said. ‘‘It’s in the back of your minds. It’s something you’ve got to deal with. For the most part, I thought the guys that came in for us did a great job of fitting in with the system and doing the right things, and we were rewarded for it.”
Joslin and right wing Andrew Gordon each scored twice for the Wolves (15-12-3-2). Brad Hunt and Brett Sterling also scored.
The Wolves opened a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, but the Barons pulled even on goals by Josh Green at 14:04 of the second and Teemu Hartikainen at 3:14 of the third.
The Wolves, though, retook the lead when Sterling scored on a breakaway at 7:36 of the third. Joslin made it 5-3 on a goal that bounced off the skates of two Barons defenders at 13:04, and Gordon closed the scoring with an empty-netter at 19:46.