Mark Mancari’s go-ahead power-play goal in the second period held up as the game-winner as the Chicago Wolves worked for a 4-1 win over Houston on Sunday afternoon before 9,516 fans at Allstate Arena.
The Wolves (37-25-2-3), who also received goals from right wing Darren Haydar, defenseman Yann Sauve, and left wing Bill Sweatt, stayed in first place in the Midwest Division and third place in the Western Conference.
Matt Climie stopped 20 shots to run his winning streak to three games.
“It looked like we learned from some of our shortcomings we experienced last night,” said Wolves head coach Craig MacTavish. “We didn’t give them a lot in the third and we made sure we got 2 points.”
Haydar’s slick slapshot evened the game 1-1 at 15:02 of the first. Haydar faked a slapshot from the top of the left circle, which got an Aeros defender to drop to the ice. Haydar then skated toward the middle and unleashed a shot that whizzed through heavy traffic past goaltender Scott Greenham. Nolan Baumgartner and Kevin Connauton earned assists on the play.
Mancari made Houston pay for having too many men on the ice to give the Wolves a 2-1 lead at 5:27 of the second.
Express 3, Walleye 1:
The Chicago Express jumped back into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference as they defeated the Toledo Walleye at the Sears Centre Arena.
Anthony Maiani got the Express on the board 6:50 into the first period with a power-play goal. The Walleye tied the game up three minutes later, and the Express wouldn’t retake the lead until Ryley Grantham scored just past the halfway point of the third period.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.