WMBD/WYZZ-TV STAFF - Darren Haydar spoiled Jake Allen's return to the Peoria Rivermen when he scored a goal and added two assists within a 3:38 span to lead the Chicago Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Rivermen Saturday night at Carver Arena. Matt Climie recorded his third shutout of the season with a 38 saves to help the Wolves to their first win in Peoria this season.
The first two periods featured scoreless hockey. Andrew Murray and Mark Cundari both had solid opportunities, but Matt Climie was able to deny both attempts while Allen recorded 23 saves in the first two frames. The Rivermen added 19 shots in the second period, its second-highest total in a period this season.
The third period featured the Wolves scoring three goals in the first 6 minutes. After forcing a turnover, Andrew Ebbett passed the puck to Haydar, who scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season past Allen to break the tie at 1:50. Next, Ebbett added a goal of his own after rebounding a shot from Haydar. Kevin Connauton also earned an assist on the goal at 3:01. Lastly, Haydar led a 2-on-1 break and pushed a pass to Devin DiDiomete, who scored his second goal of the year on a one-timer at 5:28. Connauton was credited with another assist on the play.
Peoria went 0-for-2 on the power play as the Wolves went unsuccessful on their two attempts. The Rivermen outshot Chicago 38-34 in the game.