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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

MacIntyre gets game winner and win

Drew MacIntyre was credited with the game-winning goal in a 2-1 loss by the Chicago Wolves to the Manitoba Moose. MacIntyre, a goalie, was described by the American Hockey League, as only the ninth goalie in its history to be credited with a goal.

In mockery of the “Stars of the Game,” MacIntyre, who stopped 29 Chicago shots on goal and five Chicago power plays, and who, as described above, is credited with one of only nine goals by goalies in the AHL, was not given a star of the game.

The loss broke a Wolves winning streak at seven games, a run that has put them on top of the Western Conference and just three points, with a game in hand, behind the Providence Bruins for first place in the league. A scoreless first period, with a bruising fight between Joey Crabb and Mike Brown, had an almost even measure of shots on goal, with Manitoba noting 10 and the Wolves nine.

Ondrej Pavelec could not stop a clothesline slap shot from the near left circle. The goal by Pierre-Cedric Labrie was his fifth of the year and opened the second period. Chicago replied to the Moose late in the period when Brian Little beat MacIntyre to score the tying goal.

The Wolves stepped up the attack in the third period, when they doubled-up on the Moose as measured by shots on goal. MacIntyre turned back four shots before you could blink twice, earning an ovation from the sparse crowd. The two teams seemed spent at the end of 16 minutes of the third period and the period puttered to a close.

The overtime period saw the Wolves turn back two Moose shots. And while the shot clock does not show it, the Wolves put heavy pressure on MacIntyre. A delayed penalty was called on Moose Jason Jaffray at 56 seconds remaining. Steve Martins dug the puck out of the back of the net as goalie Pavelec headed to the bench, leaving the Chicago goal unprotected.

The extra man came on the ice, as Martins passed the puck in front, into traffic. Unbelievably, no one seemed able to put a stick on the puck as it passed through a mass of Moose and two Chicago players to spin into the Chicago net.

Dejected, Martins slowly skated down the ice as the team came off the bench to try to cheer him. The goal was credited to MacIntyre, the last Moose player to have touched the puck. Because the Moose never had control of the puck after the delayed penalty was called, no whistle was blown.

MacIntyre is credited with the win and the game-winning goal. And, he was not recognized as a star of the game.

Manitoba 0 1 0 1 -- 2
Chicago 0 1 0 0 -- 1

First Period---None. Penalties---Bieksa, Manitoba (tripping), 1:34; Brown, Manitoba (roughing, fighting), 10:06; Crabb, Chicago (fighting), 10:06; Krog, Chicago (high-sticking), 15:24; Brown, Manitoba (roughing), 19:13; Valabik, Chicago (roughing), 19:13; Fahey, Chicago (interference), 19:13.

Second Period---1, Manitoba, Labrie 5 (Bieska, Brown), 3:42; 2, Chicago, Little 9 (Schultz, Sterling), 18:31. Penalties---Jaffray, Manitoba (tripping), 11:19; Rahimi, Manitoba (roughing), 13:29; Sterling, Chicago (roughing), 13:29; Fahey, Chicago (holding), 14:32; Rypien, Manitoba (tripping), 18:58.

Third Period---None. Penalties---Moran, Manitoba (holding the stick), 4:11.

Overtime---3, Manitoba, MacIntyre 1 (unassisted), 4:40 en. Penalties---Jaffray, Manitoba (hooking), 4:04.

Shots on goal---Manitoba: 10-6-4-3--23. Chicago: 9-11-9-1--30. Power plays---Manitoba: 0-3. Chicago: 0-5. Goalies---Manitoba, MacIntyre (29-30). Chicago, Pavelec (21-22). A---4,127. Referee---Ryan Fraser. Linesmen---Bryan Pancich and Peter Cichy.

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