Variables decidedly in Wolves’ favor
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media March 7, 2012 10:26PM
Updated: April 10, 2012 11:32AM
At this point in the season, the Wolves aren’t going to get hung up on how they win.
So after they got several breaks in a 5-3 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Thursday night at Allstate Arena, they felt fortunate the puck bounced their way — literally.
‘‘Sometimes you get it with you, sometimes you got it against you,’’ goalie Eddie Lack said. ‘‘It pretty much evens up all that stuff.’’
Anton Rodin was a particular beneficiary. Both of his goals came with a little help from the Admirals. When Rodin scored the go-ahead goal at 19:27 in the first period, it was intended as a pass but bounced off an Admirals player’s stick.
Rodin’s second goal, at 1:43 in the third period, was a wrister that hit the top of Milwaukee goalie Jeremy Smith’s glove and went into the net.
While Rodin’s good fortune showed up in the box score, the Wolves got more of it in the form of a few close calls.
The Admirals nearly scored a shorthanded goal in the first period when Lack was on the opposite post. But he was able to recover and swing his blocker around to stop the shot. In the second period, a Milwaukee wrister beat Lack but hit the post.
In the third period, the Wolves didn’t leave anything to chance, scoring three goals, including two empty-netters.
‘‘We played as well as we’ve played all year in the third period where we weren’t going to let ourselves self-destruct and made good decisions with the puck,’’ coach Craig MacTavish said.
The Wolves are within a point of the Midwest Division-leading Charlotte Checkers, who have one game in hand.
Of note, the Wolves will be without right wing Victor Oreskovich, who is out for the rest of the season with post-concussion symptoms.