Wolves’ new line clicks, but team can’t beat Heat
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media December 29, 2012 10:26PM
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:53AM
In an effort to generate traffic in front of the net, Wolves coach Scott Arniel started forwards Zack Kassian and Darren Archibald on the same line for the first time Saturday night against the Abbotsford Heat at Allstate Arena.
Arniel hoped that two of the Wolves’ biggest players would be able to screen Heat goalie Danny Taylor and put away rebounds.
While the move had its desired effect, defensive lapses negated an otherwise outstanding night from that line in the Wolves’ 3-2 loss.
Archibald scored first for the Wolves (13-11-3-1) at 15:01 of the second period, and defenseman Zach Miskovic tied the score at 2 at 11:54 in the third period. Kassian assisted on Archibald’s goal and was on the ice for Miskovic’s goal. Jordan Schroeder, who played most of the game with Kassian and Archibald, assisted on both goals.
“It was our first game together, and [Archibald] can obviously score goals,” Kassian said. “That’s no surprise to people that know him from junior hockey to the pro level. He’s shown that he’s good around the net and he can finish.”
Paul Byron scored the game-winner at 12:18 of the third period, just 24 seconds after Miskovic had tied it.
“We got our five most experienced guys on the ice, and we got caught watching the puck,” Arniel said. “Obviously you don’t want to give up a goal, especially after you get all the momentum going in your own building.”
The Wolves started the game slowly. They managed four shots in the first period, including two on a five-on-three opportunity.
Darren Haydar thought he had scored at 1:26 of the second period, but the referee ruled the puck didn’t cross the goal line. The call was confirmed by replay.