Aucoin’s OT winner pushes Wolves’ streak to 3
BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media December 22, 2013 9:42PM
Updated: January 24, 2014 6:29AM
Keith Aucoin helped the Wolves go into their break happy.
Aucoin scored 27 seconds into overtime to give the Wolves a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday at Allstate Arena. Mark Mancari also scored and Matt Climie made 24 saves for the Wolves, who have won three straight — all at home. They next play Friday at Lake Erie.
The Wolves beat the Hamilton Bulldogs and the division-leading Grand Rapids Griffins before Sunday’s victory against the Admirals, who entered tied for second with the Rockford IceHogs. The Wolves controlled play, outshooting the Admirals 37-25 while getting to .500 at home.
‘‘We haven’t had a great home record, and to win three in a row at home is really special,’’ coach John Anderson said. ‘‘They’re against two of the best teams in our division, so it’s another feather in our cap and just a little more confidence that we can play with anybody.’’
Aucoin, 35, returned Saturday from a nine-game absence and with his goal Sunday became the AHL’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer with 822 points. Aucoin flicked the puck from the corner to Alexandre Bolduc, whose return found Aucoin in front of Magnus Hellberg (35 saves) for the winner and a chance for the Wolves to relax.
‘‘I think guys need rest. I think any time you get three days off, you take it when you can get it,’’ Aucoin said. ‘‘When you win two games like that, you can carry the momentum over.’’
Earlier Sunday, rookie winger Dmitrij Jaskin, 20, was recalled by the St. Louis Blues. He has nine goals and eight assists in 20 games.