Lyon Dominates Wild Again in Wolves Victory, 4-0
DES MOINES, IA – For the second straight time, Chicago Wolves goaltender Alex Lyon dominated the Iowa Wild, stopping all 20 shots he faced to lead the Wolves to a 4-0 victory. Lyon stopped 30 shots on Thursday in a 2-0 shutout victory. Chicago held Iowa to just one goal in the three games the teams played last week.
Chicago took control of this contest from the very start, outshooting Iowa 11-7 in the first period, which helped the Wolves jump out to a 2-0 lead heading to the first intermission. The Wolves took a 1-0 lead 14:22 into the contest. Dominik Bokk passed the puck to David Cotton in the high slot, who fired a laser wrist shot that beat Wild netminder Dereck Baribeau to the glove side for his second goal of the season.
Just 46 seconds later, the Wolves were back on the board. Similar to the earlier goal, Josh Leivo passed the puck to Jack Drury in slot, who fired a backhander that lifted up and over the shoulder of Baribeau for his fourth goal of the year and second goal in as many nights.
Chicago came out of the intermission and added to their lead just 51 seconds into the second period. Cavan Fitzgerald fired a shot from the point that Stefan Noesen redirected past Baribeau to make it 3-0.
That would be the score after two, but the Wolves were not done, adding one more goal at the 1:22 mark of the third period. With Chicago on the power-play, Drury made a pass across to the right face-off circle where Leivo blasted a one-timer past Baribeau for his third goal of the year. That made it 4-0, which would be the final.
Despite giving up the four goals, Baribeau was quite sharp in net. The Wild netminder faced 11 shots in the first, 14 in the second, and 18 in the third, stopping 39 of 43 shots. However, this night belonged to Lyon, who made 20 saves to record his second shutout of the season, both against the Wild. Lyon extended his shutout streak to 154:49. Drury and Leivo each finished with a goal and an assist for the Wolves. C.J. Smith had two assists.
Iowa faced some more potential bad news when star forward Matt Boldy left the game with an undisclosed injury. His status is unknown.
The Wild (9-8-1) look to snap their four-game losing streak when they travel to Rockford to take on the IceHogs (8-8-2) on Wednesday. The puck drops at 7:00.
By Robert Pannier