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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Iowa blows by Wolves, win shootout 4-3

White hot hockey for 20 minutes. Ice cold hockey for 20 minutes and what have you got? One lousy point.

The Chicago Wolves played some of their best hockey of the year for 20 minutes, dominating the Iowa Stars for the first period of play. The power play worked, the penalty kill worked. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec snared pucks and was masterful in handling them. Then the period ended, the Wolves were up. Their foot came off the gas. The Stars blew by them. The game became tied with less than two minutes remaining. And the Wolves lost in a shoot out.

"We brought mediocrity tonight, and that is what did us in," said Wolves Head Coach John Anderson. "It doesn't matter who you play, you cannot let anyone off the hook. Our intensity level was off."

Iowa 0 1 2 0 (1) -- 4 Shootout
Chicago 1 1 1 0 (0) -- 3

First Period---1, Chicago, Motzko 22 (Schultz, Martins), 12:50 pp. Penalties---Byrne, Iowa (interference), 2:56; Vas, Iowa (slashing), 6:41; Conner, Iowa (high-sticking major), 11:31 Stuart, Chicago (interference), 16:41.

Second Period---2, Iowa, Wandell 4 (Lee, Wathier), 4:24 pp; 3, Chicago, Sterling 32 (Oystrick, Stuart), 12:00 pp. Penalties---Stuart, Chicago (slashing), 4:09; Byrne, Iowa (cross-checking), 10:28; Valabik, Chicago (roughing), 12:49; Sipotz, Chicago (tripping), 17:37.

Third Period---4, Chicago, Valabik 1 (Haydar, Krog), 0:55; 5, Iowa, Neal 12 (Lindgren, Byrne), 12:19 pp; 6, Crombeen 9 (Lindgren, Pushkarev), 18:45. Penalties---Jancevski, Iowa (roughing), 1:52; Sterling, Chicago (slashing), 1:52; Doell, Chicago (interference), 4:53; Pushkarev, Iowa (hooking), 6:48; Doell, Chicago (cross-checking), 10:31.

Overtime---None. Penalties---Graham, Iowa (cross-checking), 2:57.

Shootout---Iowa 1 (Sertich, NG; Lindgren, G; Neal, NG; Vas, NG). Chicago 0 (Krog, NG; Haydar, NG; Schultz, NG; Motzko, NG; Sterling, NG).

Shots on goal---Iowa: 8-13-15-0-1--37. Chicago: 12-8-7-2-0--29. Power plays---Iowa: 2-6. Chicago: 2-7. Goalies---Iowa, Stephan (26-29). Chicago, Pavelec (33-36). A---6,131. Referee---Kyle Rehman. Linesmen---Roger Behling and Peter Cichy.

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