Marlies snap Wolves’ home win streak
By Brian Sandalow For Sun-Times Media January 17, 2014 11:16PM
Wolves winger Eric Kattelus (18) and Marlies defenseman Korbinian Holzer (5) chase the puck Friday at Allstate Arena. | Ross Dettman/Wolves
Updated: February 19, 2014 9:50AM
Special teams led to the end of the Wolves’ home winning streak. And it was the penalty kill that did them in.
Sam Carrick’s power-play goal with 1:11 left in overtime gave the Toronto Marlies a 3-2 victory Friday. Garrett Sparks made 25 saves and David Broll and Spencer Abbott also scored power-play goals for Toronto to end the Wolves’ seven-game home winning streak.
Cade Fairchild and Sergey Andronov had power-play goals and Jake Allen made 23 saves for the Wolves, who suffered their first loss at Allstate Arena since Dec. 7.
The Wolves’ penalty kill entered the night seventh in the league at 85.1 percent but allowed goals on three of eight chances.
“Those happen; we’re not going to be perfect all the time,” Allen said. “We’re going to bounce back Saturday [against the Rockford IceHogs] and redeem ourselves.”
Broll gave Toronto a 1-0 lead with 18.4 seconds left in the first period, and the Marlies doubled the lead at the 11:29 mark of a penalty-filled second period when Abbott’s wrist shot from the left circle beat Allen.
Each team had three power-play opportunities in the second period, and the Wolves converted with 4:17 left when Fairchild pounded a Keith Aucoin pass through Sparks to cut the Marlies’ lead in half.
The Wolves tied it when Andronov’s shot got through traffic and past Sparks with 16:14 left in the third period.
The Wolves’ power play, however, reverted to its usual form when it squandered a 68-second two-man advantage after Andrew MacWilliam went off for boarding at the 5:30 mark of the third.
They also missed a chance in overtime when Mark Mancari was called for tripping, ending another power play and leading to Carrick’s goal on a four-on-three advantage.
At least the Wolves’ anemic power play showed a little progress in eight chances. In the 3-1 loss Wednesday at Grand Rapids, it came up empty in four opportunities, including 73 seconds of a two-man advantage.
Earlier Friday, rookie winger Dmitrij Jaskin was returned on loan to the Wolves, who were without forwards Nathan Longpre and Alexandre Bolduc because of the veteran rule and defenseman Joel Edmundson because of an upper-body injury.