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Andrew Ebbett’s return brings spark to Wolves’ top line in 4-3 shootout victory over Heat

Updated: March 22, 2013 10:48AM

When the Vancouver Canucks reassigned forward Andrew Ebbett to the Wolves on Tuesday, coach Scott Arniel was happy to be able to dress four full lines for Wednesday’s game against the Abbotsford Heat at Allstate Arena.

Injuries had forced the Wolves to play down a forward in the previous two games.

But Arniel and the Wolves couldn’t have predicted how productive Ebbett and linemates Bill Sweatt and Darren Haydar would be after being reunited.

In the Wolves’ 4-3 shootout victory, Haydar scored twice and had an assist, Sweatt scored and assisted twice and Ebbett added an assist.

The Wolves (25-16-4-3) won the shootout 3-1.

“They were real good, scored some big goals,” Arniel said. “But anytime you can get an elite player like Ebby back, it certainly helps your hockey.”

Though the trio had played on a line together earlier in the season, the expectation was that they would need some time to jell again.

That’s why Arniel used that line to start the game. After a scoreless first period in which the trio managed one shot, they immediately created offense during their first shift of the second period.

At 2:37, Sweatt scored on a power-play goal after redirecting a Haydar pass top shelf. Haydar added a goal three ­minutes, 20 seconds later on which ­Sweatt and Ebbett notched assists.

The only mishap for the line came at 18:40 in the second period. Mitch Wahl scored the Heat’s first goal to bring the game to within one heading into intermission.

The Wolves’ top line bounced back when Haydar scored his second goal at 0:28, on which Sweatt got his second assist of the game.

Brett Carson and Krys Kolanos scored third-period goals for Abbotsford (26-20-3-5) to send the game into overtime.

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