19 December 2012

Climie Backstops Wolves To 1-0 Win Over Heat

ROSEMONT, Ill.---Chicago Wolves goaltender Matt Climie and Abbotsford Heat netminder Barry Brust dueled for 60 minutes, but the Wolves posted the lone goal to earn a 1-0 win at their School-Day game Wednesday afternoon at the Allstate Arena.

Right wing Darren Haydar’s first-period goal was all Climie (6-7-0) would need as he kicked out all 27 shots he faced in backstopping Chicago (13-9-2-1) to its fourth straight victory, which matched a season-high.

With the win, the Wolves have improved to 7-1-0-0 all-time in day games.

“I told the guys that whoever wakes up first will win the game,” said Wolves head coach Scott Arniel. “We had a great first period and got them on the ropes early and were able to win another one-goal game.”

Haydar’s goal came at 10:02 of the first period as he finished off a three-on-two rush with forwards Jordan Schroeder and Nathan Longpre. Longpre skated into the Heat zone and sent a pass to the far boards for Schroeder, who found Haydar in the slot and the Chicago captain snapped a wrister over Brust’s stick.

Brust (8-2-1) thwarted 34 of 35 shots for Abbotsford (15-6-3-3).

The Wolves head to Michigan to battle the Grand Rapids Griffins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Van Andel Arena. They return home on Saturday, Dec. 29, for a 7 p.m. game with Abbotsford.

Abbotsford 0 0 0 -- 0

Chicago 1 0 0 -- 1

First Period---1, Chicago, Haydar 3 (Schroeder, Longpre), 10:02. Penalties---Walter, Abbotsford (tripping), 1:15; Brodie, Abbotsford (roughing), 13:07; Ebbett, Chicago (hooking), 13:07; Connauton, Chicago (slashing), 14:37.

Second Period---None. Penalties---McKelvie, Abbotsford (slashing), 1:11; Connauton, Chicago (slashing), 2:08; Breen, Abbotsford (high-sticking), 2:54; Gordon, Chicago (cross-checking), 6:11; Gordon, Chicago (slashing), 14:49.

Third Period---None. Penalties---None.

Shots on goal---Abbotsford: 9-9-9--27. Chicago: 10-12-13--35. Power plays---Abbotsford: 0-3. Chicago: 0-3. Goalies---Abbotsford, Brust (34-35). Chicago, Climie (26-27). A---8,724. Referee---Jarrod Ragusin. Linesmen---John Grandt and Aaron Mills.