Chicago goaltender Jake Allen turned aside all 27 shots he faced, and a short-handed Corey Locke goal was the only offense the Wolves needed, en route to a 3-0 victory over the Admirals Saturday night in pre-season action.
Magnus Hellberg played the first 30:38, before yielding to Scott Darling. Hellberg was responsible for Locke’s goal at 1:30 of the second period, while the Wolves were killing off a Dmitrij Jaskin boarding penalty. Sprung on a breakaway, the former AHL MVP beat Hellberg glove-side.
Darling gave up just one goal as well, a late score from Sergey Andronov on a rebound at 14:16 in the third period. Kyle Davies added the empty netter with 1:08 left in the game.
Hellberg stopped 10 of 11, while Darling stopped 18 of 19, and both teams were 0-2 on the power play.
The Admirals will be playing a THIRD pre-season game this Friday the 4th against the Iowa Wild. Both the Admirals and Wild are idle during the opening weekend of the AHL season, so that’ll give them the chance to hit someone in a different colored jersey while they wait for their trip to Abbotsford. That game will be in Moline, Illinois at 2:30pm on Friday.
So Roundtable…anyone make the trip to beautiful Hoffman Estates, Illinois? Any observations about the game that you’d like to share?