The Calgary Wranglers finished up their eventful week of hockey at home with an afternoon game against the Abbotsford Canucks. In their previous meeting on Friday, the Wranglers came out victorious with a score of 5-1. Their success continued into Sunday when they defeated them again in a dramatic 4-3 overtime finish.
Dennis Gilbert was sent back to the Wranglers in time for this game after Michael Stone was activated off the IR for the Flames. He returned to the lineup for his first game with the Wranglers since November 4th and played on a pairing with Nick DeSimone. In his NHL stint this month, he made it into seven games with the Flames, earning a lone point with an assist.
Out of the lineup in this game was Cole Schwindt. Prior to the start of the game, the team announced he was injured and dealing with a lower-body injury. No timeline for his return was confirmed.
Dustin Wolf got the start in this game after getting the night off on Friday. The Jakob Pelletier streak watch also continued into this game and he managed to extend it to the 10th straight game with the first goal of the game 7:56 into the first period. This power play goal was well set up by some solid passing from Jeremie Poirier, Matthew Phillips and Ben Jones.
The Canucks were able to get one back before the end of the first when Martin Pospisil took a delay of game penalty with 44 seconds to go in the period and Abbotsford scored on the man advantage with five seconds to go in the opening frame.
After one period of play, the Wranglers were up 2-1 on the scoreboard and also leading 19-12 in shots.
In the second period, the Canucks were the next to strike to even things up. Chase Wouters scored his first of the season 9:15 into the second period. Thankfully, Wranglers didn’t let the second finish without getting their lead back.
Ben Jones was back out on the ice for a Wranglers power play and positioned in a perfect spot in front of the net to tip in Mathew Phillips’ shot. Jeremie Poirier also picked up an assist.
The Wranglers ended the second period up 3-2 but weren’t able to pick up any insurance goals through the third. 16:08 into the third period, they lost their lead again when Abbotsford scored an even strength goal. Both sides got a handful of shots off in the closing minutes but none were able to win the game in regulation.
The Canucks outshot the Wranglers in the second period 14-9 and 11-10 in the third. Going to overtime, Calgary was getting shots where it matter most. They got three shots to the Canucks’ one and the third shot was the big one. Jeremie Poirier got his second point of the night scoring the game-winner on an OT power play. Matthew Phillips and Jakob Pelletier picked up assists.
Calgary ended the game with a 4-3 win and outshooting their previous host city, 41-38. Dustin Wolf picked up his 10th win in this game. He still leads the league in wins and this gives him a two-game lead on the next leading goaltender.
The Wranglers will have some rest and practice time for a few days. Their next game will not be until Friday night when they hit the road to play the San Diego Gulls on Friday and Saturday night. The puck drop for both of those games is set to be for 8:00 p.m. MT. These games will be streamed on AHL.TV.