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Recap: Calgary puts the W back in Wranglers with 2-1 win over Eagles
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The Wranglers played the Colorado Eagles on Friday for their second last game before Christmas. Going into this series, the Wranglers were on a four game slide but came out of this game with a different result. They snapped their losing streak on Friday night with a 2-1 win.
Clark Bishop returned to the lineup in this game after being out with a lower-body injury for the last few weeks. His last game was on Dec. 3 against the Henderson Silver Knights. To make room for Bishop in the lineup, Adam Klapka was scratched due to illness. Ilya Nikolaev and Mark Duarte were the other forward scratches.
The team also updated on the status of Sam Jardine and Jeremie Poirier in a pregame injury update. Jardine is still listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury and Poirier’s status is out indefinitely while he recovers from a laceration.
Game at a glance
Dustin Wolf got the start for Calgary in this game with Trent Miner in net for Colorado. The Wranglers came out flying with all the zone pressure in the first half of the opening period. Before the Eagles could even get a shot on Wolf, the Wranglers were up to 11 shots on goal at the other end.
The Eagles finally got a few pucks on the net but the first ended up completing without much of a hitch. No penalty calls or scoring took place in the first and shots ended 14-7 for Calgary.
In the second, scoring got going starting with a tally from Ben Jones. He skated the puck around the net and took a quick shot over Miner’s shoulder to put Calgary on the board. Emilio Pettersen and Yan Kuznetsov assisted on Jones’ ninth goal of the season.
Colorado got the answer back marker soon after with a goal at 3:05. Matthew Stienburg took a shot on Wolf that he initially stopped with his blocker but it ended up slipping past him. Calgary was itching for another goal and did so on the only power play of the period.
Ivan Ivan was called for hooking at 9:25 and 20 seconds later, Mitch McLain scored on the man advantage. He positioned himself at the top of the crease for the screen and buried a rebound. It looks like he may have taken a stick up high after his marker but it did not warrant a call. Rory Kerins and Jonathan Aspirot assisted on this power play goal.
Things were pretty even for the rest of the second period but no other scoring would take place. The middle frame finished up with a 2-1 Wranglers lead and a 16-15 edge in shots for the Eagles.
Early in the third, Dryden Hunt made contact with the Eagles netminder up high and was called for goaltender interference. Wyatt Aamodt came to the defense of Miner and Brett Sutter stuck up for Hunt. It is rare Sutter gets involved in fights and this was his first tussle in a Wranglers uniform.
The penalty calls from that play didn’t result in any scoring for either team and the penalty calls continued to be the story of the third. Riley Tufte was called for hooking at 1:42 but the Wranglers did not capitalize on that power play. Lucas Ciona was the next player to the box at 4:50 due to a high-sticking double minor. Still, no damage was dealt on that huge penalty kill for Calgary.
The Wranglers were getting more looks in the third but the scoring from the second period would be all that took place in this game. The Eagles didn’t pull Trent Miner until the last 22 seconds of the third as they had a late penalty to kill off. That last handful of time was not enough to even things up.
The final score was 2-1 for Calgary and shots finished up 42-32 for the away team. The Wranglers were awarded with two out of the three stars on the night with Mitch McLain picking up the first one and Dustin Wolf picking up the second.
Scoring stat summary
Mitch McLain – 1G
Ben Jones – 1G
Rory Kerins – 1A
Yan Kuznetsov – 1A
Emilio Pettersen – 1A
Jonathan Aspirot – 1A
Calgary wraps up their road trip with a game on Saturday afternoon against Colorado. They’ll look for a series sweep in time for Christmas and their next matchup is set to start at 3:05 p.m. MT.
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