The Chicago Wolves used 2 goals from left wing Brett Sterling to earn their fourth straight victory 4-1 over the Texas Stars Wednesday night at the Allstate Arena.
Goaltender Matt Climie went more than 58 minutes without allowing a goal to run his shutout streak to a franchise-record 173 minutes and 57 seconds. His streak surpassed Kari Lehtonen’s 170-minute, 54-second run set in 2004.
Forwards Stefan Schneider and Michael Davies added insurance goals for the Wolves (18-12-3-2), who wore their commemorative Military Appreciation jerseys for the first of three consecutive games.
“Sometimes you need to rely on your veterans to step up and carry the team,” Wolves coach Scott Arniel said. “Matty played outstanding tonight, and Sterling did what he does, and that is score goals.”
Chicago opened the scoring when Sterling stripped a Stars defensemen at the side of the net and backhanded a shot through the legs of Texas goaltender Jack Campbell at 6:11 of the second period. Darren Haydar earned his fifth assist in the last four games on the play.
Sterling’s second of the night came 3:05 into the third period when he was sprung in the Stars’ zone on a 1-on-1 break, and he snapped a quick wrister from the far dot over Campbell’s blocker.
Sterling moved into second place on the Wolves’ all-time goal register with 158. Defenseman John Negrin picked up his first Wolves assist.
Schneider increased the Wolves’ lead to 3-0 when he stickhandled through the slot and flipped a shot under the cross bar and past Campbell at 12:32. Forward Trent Daavettila posted the assist in his Wolves debut.
Campbell (6-5-2) kicked out 25 shots for the Stars.
Texas (22-12-3-2) ended Climie’s (10-11-1) bid for his second straight shutout when left wing Matt Fraser collected a puck that bounced off a Wolves defender and tucked it over the goal line.
Davies bagged an empty-net goal at 19:18 of the third period to close the scoring.
The Wolves and the Stars battle in a rematch Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Allstate Arena.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.