Their backs were against the wall but the Wolves live to fight another day. Despite missing a key piece to their offense in Wade Megan, three separate players put up five shots on net. The special teams even came through for the Wolves, something that hadn't happened all series. In fact neither side had a single bit of power play success until tonight.
Head coach Craig Berube was forced to make a lineup change with Megan being unable to play. But instead of throwing in another forward or center, he chose to go the seven defensemen route. Tonight was Jake Walman’s chance for redemption after being the causality of the performance the team put out game one. Walman showed up in a big way, with five shots on net and a goal to his name. The goal being his first point this series.
Not to be outdone, Jordan Schmaltz also found himself in the box score with a two point night. The 23 year old knocked in the Wolves third goal while also assisting on Rattie’s second goal of the night.
Yes you read that right, Ty Rattie had a multi goal game. It’s been a far from ideal year for the once highly touted prospect. Before tonight Rattie only had two goals all season. This includes his time with the Blues, Wolves, and the short stint with the Carolina Hurricanes. Confidence may have been at an all time low for Rattie but for at least tonight he was all smiles.
News and notes :
After tonight’s 5-1 win the Wolves and Checkers will play Wednesday night at 7:00 pm in the winner take all game. Ville Husso started his fourth game in a row, making 26 saves. Currently Husso sits at a .921 SV% with a 2.42 goals against average this series. The other AHL series worth keeping an eye on is the Grand Rapids vs Milwaukee battle. Currently Grand Rapids holds a 2-0 series lead and could close it out tomorrow night. The Wolves have a big rivalry with both the Griffins and the Admirals so if the Wolves do advance, there’s going to be fireworks.