Wolves top Rivermen 4-3 behind Haydar hat trick, Sweatt OT winner
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media February 5, 2013 9:38PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 9:59PM
Wolves left wing Bill Sweatt was a little nostalgic after Tuesday’s win over the Peoria Rivermen at Allstate Arena.
On the ice during overtime because of his incredible skating ability, the speedy Sweatt scored the game-winner at 1:21 in the Wolves’ 4-3 victory. The goal provided a much-need boost in confidence for Sweatt, who has struggled lately, but also left him thinking about his childhood.
‘‘It turns into a different game [in overtime], kind of like roller hockey, and my brother and I used to play that back in the day, so it kind of brings back fond memories,’’ Sweatt said.
Since returning from the Vancouver Canucks’ training camp Jan. 18, Sweatt has been more of an impact player, having developed his game more while practicing at the NHL level. Playing on a line with Darren Haydar and Andrew Gordon has had an equally positive effect. Haydar’s passing ability in particular has helped create more chances for Sweatt.
But Haydar starred Tuesday because of his ability to score, notching his first hat trick since Nov. 5, 2010, and his third multigoal game in the last seven.
After the Rivermen scored the first goal at 1:19 in the first period, Haydar answered with two first-period goals of his own. The Rivermen tied it at 14:55 in the second period, but Haydar gave the Wolves the lead again a little more than four minutes later.
Peoria’s Phil McCrae set up overtime with a tying goal at 11:24 in the third period.