Recap: Flat game results in Calgary Wranglers 4-2 loss to the Canucks
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The Calgary Wranglers and Abbotsford Canucks continued their midweek series into Wednesday night for a little earlier game than usual. It was a 6:00 start at the ‘Dome and the Wranglers were looking for their fifth win in a row. Dustin Wolf got the start again instead of going with Daniil Chechelev on a back-to-back series. Unfortunately, their winning streak would come to an end. The Canucks came out with some more emotion and jump in this game and beat the Wranglers by a final score of 4-2.
Game at a glance
Through the first five minutes of the game, the shots were kept to a minimum. Just a pair a side. Then as the period carried on, the Canucks rattled off quite a bit of activity around the Wranglers’ net and ended up scoring first 11:48 into the first period off a juicy rebound.
The Wranglers were able to get one back 15:08 into the first when Cole Schwindt passed the puck up to Emilio Pettersen to slide it past Abbotsford netminder Spencer Martin. Connor Zary also picked up an assist.
The score wouldn’t stay deadlocked for long as the Canucks got another one on the board before the end of the period. A bad read defensively by the Wranglers sprung Tristen Nielsen of the Canucks on a breakaway and he sped into the zone and put the puck past Wolf.
The first period ended with the Canucks leading the Wranglers 2-1 and also leading 17-8 in shots. The second period was a much slower frame with no scoring action taking place and just a pair of penalties against the Wranglers. The score at the end of the second was the same as it was at the start.
The shot pace of the Canucks slowed down and after 40 minutes, they still held the edge 26-20. The majority of the third period carried on the same way. Only one power play for the Wranglers and the scoreless streak through a period and a half was snapped with just 6:50 to go in the third.
The Wranglers got a bit of momentum back by pulling Wolf, calling a timeout and scoring on the next shift. Emilio Pettersen buried another rebound to put the Wranglers within one with less than two minutes to go in regulation.
Their momentum was short-lived and the Canucks took back the reigns and scored a mere 17 seconds later to regain their two goal lead. The Wranglers were unable to come back from the two goal deficit and fell to the Canucks 4-2. Shots finished up 37-32 favouring Abbotsford.
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The Wranglers will continue their run at home with a weekend series against the Colorado Eagles kicking off on Friday and concluding on Sunday evening. The puck drop for Friday’s game is set for 7:00 p.m. MT.
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