Updated: March 20, 2012 8:23AM
The shootout was finally kind to the Wolves.
For the first time in four tries, the Wolves won via the shootout, a 1-0 decision against the visiting Charlotte Checkers on Saturday at Allstate Arena.
The Wolves play Charlotte again Sunday with a chance to move within one point of first in the Midwest Division.
“It’s good, especially now,” goalie Eddie Lack said. “We’re three points behind [the Checkers] with two games in hand so it’s going to be an important game tomorrow and hopefully we can shrink the gap.”
The game should have ended in the waning seconds of overtime.
Wolves center Steve Rein-
precht scored with 2.3 seconds remaining, but officials disallowed it saying that the goal had moved off its moorings before the puck had crossed.
Replays showed otherwise, but the AHL does not have replay capability.
Lucky for the Wolves they were able to ride a hot Lack into the shootout.
Lack stopped all 31 Charlotte shots plus four more during the shootout. Charlotte goalie John Muse stopped 32.
Among Muse’s saves was one off a Reinprecht breakaway in the second period that was the Wolves’ best opportunity to win in regulation.
“He’s on top of his game right now and really it was a good goaltender battle in both ends,” Wolves coach Craig MacTavish said. “But Eddie had to make the better of the saves in the third period.”