Wolves settle for ‘extra point’ in 3-2 shootout loss to Admirals
BY BILL HARRISON For Sun-Times Media March 9, 2013 11:18PM
Updated: April 11, 2013 7:09AM
In the back end of a home-and-home series with the Milwaukee Admirals, the Wolves salvaged a point in a 3-2 shootout loss Saturday night at Allstate Arena.
“It was a better effort from us tonight,” Wolves coach Scott Arniel said. “We had some good chances, but their goaltending was pretty good. You want to get that extra point.”
The Wolves were stunned by three goals in the third period Friday during a disheartening 4-3 defeat in Milwaukee.
Admirals goalie Magnus Hellberg stopped three of four attempts in the shootout Saturday, giving up a goal to Darren Haydar.
Juuso Puustinen, Matt Halischuk and Daniel Bang scored in the shootout for the Admirals (28-24-3-3).
The Admirals’ Brad Winchester tied the game at 2 at 15:56 of the third period when he shoved his own rebound in from the side of the net.
Andrew Ebbett and Darren Archibald of the Wolves got the scoring started on a 2-on-1 break at 12:55 of the second period. Ebbett scored his 11th goal off a perfect feed from Archibald.
At 16:11 of the second, the Admirals scored on the power play when Cam Reid beat goalie Matt Climie, who made a franchise-record-tying 13th consecutive start.
Andrew Gordon, returning from injury after three weeks, gave the Wolves (28-19-4-4) a 2-1 lead at 18:47 of the second, converting on the Wolves’ fifth power play.
“Same situation as last night with a one-goal lead,” Ebbett said. “We only had four shots on net in the third before they tied it up. We played well in the first 40 minutes, but we sat back too much in the third.”
Vancouver Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen, a 20-year-old right winger from Denmark, saw action in his second stint with the Wolves. Jensen appeared in eight games last season, scoring six goals before suffering a concussion in Game 2 of the playoffs against San Antonio. He played sparingly Saturday and missed his shootout attempt.
“[Jensen is] still on Sweden time,” Arniel said.