Climie, Wolves blank Barons
OKLAHOMA CITY — Matt Climie served up a 25-save shutout to lift the Chicago Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday night at Cox Convention Center.
Defensemen Danny Groulx and Jim Vandermeer and forward Guillaume Desbiens scored the goals for the Wolves, (34-25-5-4), who remained tied for eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth with Milwaukee and Rockford.
Groulx got the Wolves on the board early, blasting a shot from the top of the circle over goalie Niko Hovinen's glove at 1:21 of the first period.
Vandermeer gave the Wolves a 2-goal lead at 11:31 of the period on assists from forwards Jordan Schroeder and Bill Sweatt.
There was no additional scoring until late in the contest. The Barons pulled Hovinen late in the third period for an extra attacker and Desbiens capitalized with an empty-net goal at 18:05.
The Barons host the Wolves for the final time this season Sunday at 4 p.m.
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