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Wolves coach sends message in team’s win over Rivermen

Updated: January 3, 2013 11:01AM

Wolves coach Scott Arniel has been trying everything to get his team going in the third period.

When the Wolves hosted the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday at Allstate Arena, he got drastic. Arniel benched Jordan Schroeder and Zack Kassian, who are tied for second on the team in points.

The message was receiv­ed. The Wolves won 3-1.

“There’s no more feeling each other out, no more Coach feeling guys out, it’s putting the best 20 out there,” Arniel said. “If you’re in the lineup, I expect you to be at the top of your game. If you’re not, work hard to get in the next time you get the opportunity.”

After a scoreless first period, Peoria right wing Derek Nesbitt scored at 3:15 in the second period.

What followed was a number of blown scoring opportunities in the slot by the Wolves. But a goal by forward Tim Miller at 10:26 in the second period completely changed the team’s demeanor.

It followed with an onslaught of shots that resulted in a Michael Davies goal just over two minutes later that gave the Wolves the lead for good.

The Wolves had blown three straight third-period leads. Though they didn’t score for most of the third period, the Wolves were as aggressive as they’ve been all season.

Darren Archibald finally found the net for the Wolves at 16:32 in third to put the game out of reach.

Archibald has scored in back-to-back games.

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