Wolves beat Griffins with more help from Dmitrij Jaskin
BY MATT HARNESS Sun-Times Media November 16, 2013 11:43PM
The Wolves’ Corey Locke (84) battles in front of Grand Rapids goalie Tom McCollum on Saturday at Allstate Arena. | Dale Woltman/Wolves
Updated: December 18, 2013 6:54AM
Dmitrij Jaskin is playing the odds on offense, and it’s been working for the Wolves rookie.
After sending 10 shots on goal and scoring one in Friday’s 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals, the 20-year-old Czech stuck with that game plan Saturday at Allstate Arena in the team’s first home game since Oct. 27. He peppered the net with six shots and scored the team’s third goal in the Wolves’ 4-3 win against the Grand Rapids Griffins, the leaders of the Midwest Division.
“We always thought this was going to happen,” Wolves coach John Anderson said. “He’s exceeding our expectations.”
Jaskin, the 41st overall pick by the St. Louis Blues in the 2011 NHL draft, missed eight games this season with an upper-body injury. He returned to the ice Nov. 7 for the start of the team’s five-game winning streak. The left winger now has three goals and three assists in eight games.
“You have to put it on the net and stay on it,” said Jaskin, who has taken 28 shots in the past five games.
Jaskin’s goal gave the Wolves (9-6-0-1) a 3-1 lead with 10:13 remaining in the second period, but the Griffins (10-4-1-1) scored consecutive goals to tie the contest, the second coming 35 seconds into the third.
Taylor Chorney punched in the game-winner at the 14:28 mark of the third on the Wolves’ second shorthanded goal of the game, which tied a franchise record.
“We’re taking penalties just so we can score goals,” joked Anderson.
Nathan Longpre enjoyed a good night back home. Midway through the first period, he stole the puck from Griffins goalie Tom McCollum behind the net and hooked it in to tie the game at 1-all. Longpre, the fastest skater on the team, finished with one goal and two assists.
The Wolves took the lead for good four minutes into the second on Sergey Andronov’s first goal of the season.
“That was good for him,” Jaskin said of the left winger. “Hopefully, he will get another one soon.”
Matt Climie recorded his first win in goal, improving to 1-3 on the season. He last played Oct. 26 in a 3-2 loss to the Griffins.
“I’ve been whipping Jake [Allen],” Anderson said of the team’s No. 1 netminder. “[Saturday] was a good chance to get Climie in there, and he made some good saves at the end.”