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Slap-happy Wolves finish off Monsters

Updated: March 18, 2013 7:14AM

Wolves coach Scott Arniel encourages his defensemen to shoot the puck as often as possible.

On Saturday night against the Lake Erie Monsters at Allstate Arena, it seemed like the time was always right.

Wolves defensemen peppered Monsters goaltender Kent Patterson with a barrage of slap shots in a 3-1 victory.

After getting outshot 8-1 to start the game, the Wolves finished with 30 shots.

“Our starts are something we’ve got to work on,” Wolves defenseman Kevin Connauton said.

“That’s something we’re definitely focusing on. Kind of learn as you go and forget about this one, at least that start, and move on to tomorrow.”

The Wolves (24-16-4-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Michael Davies’ goal at 15:09 of the first period and Bill Sweatt’s power-play goal less than two minutes later.

Connauton assisted on both goals.

Sweatt was credited with the second goal, but it was the result of a slap shot from defenseman Brad Hunt that hit Sweatt.

Paul Carey scored the lone goal for Lake Erie (24-20-2-5) on a power play at 11:19 in the second period, but Guillaume Desbiens put the game out of reach with a goal at 12:35 of the third period.

The Wolves killed four power plays, including six key minutes in the first period when the game was still scoreless.

Wolves forward Andrew Gordon left in the second period after hitting the boards head-first.

Gordon will be re-evaluated Sunday, but Arniel doesn’t expect him to be available for the game against the San Antonio Rampage.

Wolves goalie Matt Climie made 29 saves. Patterson had 26 saves for the Monsters.

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