Wolves lose in overtime to Checkers
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media February 14, 2013 10:53PM
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Updated: February 14, 2013 11:39PM
After reverting to old habits Thursday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Charlotte Checkers at Allstate Arena, the Wolves were lucky to get a point.
They had to kill 26 seconds of a power play to get to overtime, but Charlotte’s Chris Terry scored on that same power play at 1:25 in OT.
“At times we didn’t make the right decisions, and it cost us a point,” coach Scott Arniel said.
“We were all over them in the first half of the first period, and then in the second half of the period, we made a couple of mistakes defensively.”
Charlotte jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Nicolas Blanchard and Justin Soryal in the first period. Both resulted from breakdowns and poor coverage.
On the second goal, Wolves defenseman Kevin Connauton left Soryal open to put the puck past Matt Climie.
Connauton atoned for his mistake at 5:10 in the second period with an assist on Andrew Gordon’s power-play goal that cut the deficit to one. Connauton’s slap shot had ricocheted off the glass to Gordon.
Charlotte appeared to steal back momentum with a goal at 6:59 in the second period, but Anton Rodin’s goal made it 3-2.
Rodin had an open net when Tim Miller found him after corralling the rebound off a Derek Joslin slap shot from near the blue line.
Darren Haydar made it 3-3 with a power-play goal at 18:10 of the third period.