06 November 2012

Pinizzotto's Pair Earns Wolves Check Mark In Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C.---The Chicago Wolves rebounded from Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Charlotte Checkers with a 2-1 win Tuesday night in front of 4,404 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Center Steve Pinizzotto delivered his first two goals for the Wolves --- his first goals in a regular-season game since April 1, 2011 --- to pull Chicago (7-3-1-0) into a tie with Charlotte for the most points in the American Hockey League with 15.

Goaltender Eddie Lack (6-2-0) stopped 24 shots to earn the win.

Left wing Chris Terry opened scoring for the Checkers 12:44 into the first period, tipping a pass from Bobby Sanguinetti past Lack. The Wolves opened the second period with a response as Pinizzotto, who missed the entire 2011-12 season with an injury, got his first score by beating Checkers goaltender Dan Ellis (3-2-1) glove side at 1:04.

Then it was Pinizzotto again, pouncing on another rebound at the foot of Ellis and tipping it home at 12:50. The 2-1 edge was the first Wolves lead through 92 minutes of play in the two-game series.

Zack Kassian tried to increase Chicago’s advantage moments later, shooting a puck past Ellis from a scrum in front of the Charlotte net, but the goal was waved off due to goalie interference.

A second near-score by the Wolves, this time from Darren Haydar, was called back late in the third period because of a hand pass.

Charlotte (7-3-0-1) pulled Ellis with more than a minute left in regulation for an extra attacker, but the third period closed without a score and the Wolves carried their 2-1 lead to the buzzer. The Wolves posted a season-high 43 shots as Ellis finished with 41 saves.

Chicago will continue its road swing with an Amtrak Rivalry game at 7 p.m. Friday at Milwaukee. Chicago will be back at Allstate Arena on Saturday, Nov. 17, to host the Peoria Rivermen in an Illinois Lottery Cup game. For tickets, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

Chicago 0 2 0 -- 2
Charlotte 1 0 0 -- 1

First Period---1, Charlotte, Terry 5 (Sutter, Sanguinetti). Penalties--- Rissanen, Charlotte (slashing), 2:09.

Second Period---1, Chicago, Pinizzotto 1 (Sterling, Longpre)1:04; 2, Chicago, Pinizzotto 2 (Rodin, Ebbett) 12:50, Penalties---Dolan, Charlotte (holding), 2:54; Pinizzotto, Chicago (roughing), 6:08; Wallace, Charlotte (interference), 6:24; Kassian, Chicago (hooking), 14:00.

Third Period--- None. Penalties---Sauve, Chicago (interference), 7:55; Jenks, Charlotte, (hooking), 12:02.

Shots on goal---Chicago 12-18-13---43; Charlotte 6-13-6---25. Power plays---Chicago 0-4; Milwaukee 0-3. Goalies---Chicago, Lack (24-25); Charlotte, Ellis (41-43). A---4,404. Referees---David Banfield and Jeff Smith. Linesmen---Mark Hamlett and Ben Shiley.