ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves used a three-goal performance by center Andre Deveaux to prevail over the Lake Erie Monsters, 5-2, at the Allstate Arena Sunday night.
Deveaux’s hat trick was the second three-goal outing of the year for Chicago (8-11-1-0), and the third of his professional career. Forwards Darren Haydar and Spencer Machacek added the other tallies for the Wolves, who picked up their second straight win.
“They are a really good checking team and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “But we dug down in the trenches there in the third period and got a big goal from Deveaux. It’s nice to see that line contributing.”
The Wolves took a 1-0 lead, 17:55 into the first period. Forward Jamie Hunt took a slap shot from the left face off circle and Deveaux deflected it out of the air past Monsters goaltender Jason Bacashihua.
A power play opportunity early in the second period helped Lake Erie (9-8-1-2) get on the board. Center Mark Olver camped out near the left post and was able to chip the puck past Chicago goaltender Peter Mannino after it ricocheted off the boards and onto his stick at 2:23 of the middle frame.
Chicago regained a one-goal lead, 2-1, just over two minutes later with a goal by Machacek. The forward collected the puck in the left face-off circle and flipped a backhanded shot past Bacashihua at 4:34 of the second period.
The Wolves increased their lead to 3-1 when Deveaux bagged his second goal of the night. Left wing Fredrik Pettersson worked the puck up the ice to Deveaux, who skated in on a two-on-one and ripped a shot past Bacashihua, top shelf, from the top of the circle.
Chicago’s lead became 4-1 at 12:46 of the middle frame when Jason Krog cranked a shot straight down the slot and Haydar was at the top of the crease to deflect it out of the air and into the net.
The Monsters cut the deficit to 4-2 heading into the second intermission when Olver carried the puck down the ice, sent it across to center Patrick Rissmiller along the opposite boards and drove to the net. Rissmiller passed the puck down the slot to Olver, who knocked it past Mannino as he streaked in.
Mannino (3-3-0) posted 33 saves in picking up his second straight win.
Deveaux completed the hat trick late in the third period when he drove down the boards, cut to the middle and followed up the rebound of his own shot, angling it past Bacashihua for his third of the night.
Bacashihua (6-5-2) turned aside 19 shots in the loss for the Monsters.
The Wolves will host the Monsters in a rematch at the Allstate Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Lake Erie 0 2 0 -- 2
Chicago 1 3 1 -- 5
First Period---1, Chicago, Deveaux 6 (Hunt, Welch), 17:55. Penalties---Welch, Chicago (tripping), 2:48; Fraser, Lake Erie (hooking), 5:37; Pettersson, Chicago (holding the stick), 11:53; Liffiton, Lake Erie (fighting), 20:00; Valabik, Chicago (roughing, fighting), 20:00.
Second Period---2, Lake Erie, Olver 6 (Ford, Montgomery), 2:23 pp; 3, Chicago, Machacek 7 (Siklenka, Dawes), 4:34; 4, Chicago, Deveaux 7 (Pettersson), 8:51; 5, Chicago, Haydar 9 (Krog, Postma), 12:46 pp; 6, Lake Erie, Olver 7 (Rissmiller, Macias), 19:36 pp. Penalties---Garbutt, Chicago (high-sticking), 1:43; Olver, Lake Erie (high-sticking), 11:26; Skilenka, Chicago (interference), 17:39.
Third Period---7, Chicago, Deveaux 8 (Garbutt, Valabik), 15:30. Penalties---Krog, Chicago (tripping), 4:14; Aliu, Chicago (charging), 10:18;
Shots on goal---Lake Erie: 8-16-11--35. Chicago: 7-10-7--24. Power plays---Lake Erie: 2-7. Chicago: 1-2. Goalies---Lake Erie, Bacashihua (19-24). Chicago, Mannino (33-35). A---5,307. Referee---Francis Charron. Linesmen---Mike Hamilton and Dan Dineen.