I guess Eddie Lack didn’t want to go to the shootout again as he backstopped the Wolves to a 2-0 win on Friday night.
With another week of practice under their belt and a few more players assigned, the Wolves looked like a team that was looking for a fresh start. Sure enough against the IceHogs (of all teams) they got it going.
Despite the slow start the team quickly picked up the pace and got an early goal from Darren Haydar on the powerplay and got another in the 2nd period from Kevin Connauton of the same variety. The powerplay looked a lot better as that was one of things that was stressed during practice this week. But the big story tonight, was Eddie Lack.
Not taking anything away from Alexander Salak as he played a great game also but Lack stole the show for the 60 minutes. He looked like he was much focused tonight and his positioning was second to none with many shots getting soaked up into his body. When Lack was making desperation saves he used his lengthy body to take off any angle the shooter may have had.
Newly appointed Captain Nolan Baumgartner helped not only himself in his first game in a Wolves uniform but the other defensive players too. Baumgartner is a proven veteran and has played well over 15 years in professional hockey and his skills seemed to rub off on his teammates.
Getting that first win took 5 games but it’s something that wasn’t expected to come right away. With 2 more games in 2 days I’m sure Matt Climie will get a start either tomorrow or Saturday. As Vancouver slowly gets healthy and begins to get their main roster players back in rotation a few more players will make their way to Chicago.
News and Notes
John Madden did indeed skate with the team this past week on a practice waiver but said he didn’t feel the passion was there anymore and left without signing a contract.
The Wolves play the Rockford IceHogs tomorrow in Rockford and make a trip down to Peoria on Sunday to take on the Rivermen. This will be the team’s first 3 games in 3 days and have a total of 6 of these type of weekends during the season.