Penalties and Wolves Offense Too Much

Photos courtesy of Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
After Lake Erie outshot the Wolves 35-24 when the two teams played in Chicago on Sunday - a 5-2 victory for the home team - Chicago turned the offensive tables on the visiting Monsters when they met again at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night. The Wolves put up 46 shots on goal - a season high for a Lake Erie opponent - on the way to defeating the Monsters, 6-3. Lake Erie only recorded 18 shots in the loss, a season low.

Lake Erie also posted a season-high 32 penalty minutes, accounting for a season-high 11 power play opportunities for Chicago, of which the Wolves converted a season-high three.

Although Chicago came out firing to start the game, rattling off 22 shots in the first period, a season high for a Monsters opponent, Lake Erie got on the board first.

Matt Ford scored on the power play just 4:37 into the game, assisted by Ray Macias and Kevin Montgomery. With the helper, Montgomery has recorded assists in three straight games and four of the last five.

The Wolves answered quickly, in the form of a Spencer Machacek goal at 7:28. Jared Ross and Jamie Hunt assisted, knotting the score at 1-1.

It would only take two minutes for the Wolves to take the lead, which they would not relinquish the rest of the night. Jason Krog scored on the power play at 9:51, helped by Andre Deveaux and former Monster Darren Haydar.

Machacek converted on the power play at the 12:10 mark to give the Wolves a 3-1 lead. Nigel Dawes and Ross were given the assists.

Ford cut the Monsters deficit to one before the end of the first period with his goal at 13:46. The assists were credited to Mark Olver and Macias. Olver has registered points in three straight games and four of the last five, while Macias' pair of assists gave him his third multi-point game of the season.

The first period ended with the Wolves leading the Monsters, 3-2, after outshooting Lake Erie, 22-5.

It would be midway through the second period before the lamp would be lit again. Dawes increased Chicago's lead to two goals with his marker at 9:59 of the middle frame, assisted by Noah Welch and Machacek.

Mike Carman once again cut into the Chicago advantage a minute later, scoring at 10:54. Tom Zanoski and Justin Mercier assisted.

The second period would end with the Wolves leading, 5-3, after Michael Davis scored at the 12:04 mark. Akim Aliu and Andrey Zubarev were given the assists.

Six minutes into the third frame, Dawes scored Chicago's final goal of the night. Hunt and Mike Siklenka assisted at 5:59 on the power play.

After the Monsters put up a season-low four shots in the third, the Wolves ended the night with the 6-3 win.

Trevor Cann recorded 40 saves in goal for Lake Erie, while Wolves goaltender Peter Mannino posted 15.

The Monsters will finish their current four-game, five-day road trip in Rockford on Wednesday.

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