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updated: 12/29/2013 8:02 PM

Wolves win fifth in last six games

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By Daily Herald News Services

The Chicago Wolves completed a grueling stretch of three games in three days by earning 5 of a possible 6 points thanks to a 4-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers at Allstate Arena on Sunday.

Christian Hanson, Pat Cannone, Michael Davies and Sebastian Wannstrom netted goals for the Wolves (17-12-1-2), who captured their fifth win in the last six games. Goaltender Jake Allen finished with 33 saves.

"We started off a little shaky and Jake made some big saves for us early on," said Wolves coach John Anderson. "But from there we settled in and I thought we took the game over."

The Wolves struck early at 2:08 by taking advantage of a delayed penalty. Defenseman Joel Edmundson moved the puck behind the net and sent it to the crease, where Hanson converted into an open net.

The Checkers ((13-17-0-1) tied the game at 10:46 when Aaron Palushaj scored on Nicolas Blanchard's assist.

Davies broke the tie at 12:25 of the second period, with Mark Mancari and Keith Aucoin collecting assists.

The Checkers quickly responded, knotting the score less than two minutes later on Palushaj's second goal.

As the second period wound down, the Wolves regained the lead when Wannstrom scored on a nice pass from Cody Beach.

Late in the third period, the Wolves added some insurance on a power play when Cannone scored what proved to be the game winner.

The Checkers' Justin Shugg scored with an extra attacker at 18:25 to pull the Checkers within a goal, but Allen (14-7-2) held off a late flurry.

The Wolves travel to Grand Rapids on Friday, then host Iowa at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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