Surging Krog nets hat trick as Wolves take Game 1


Jason Krog tallied a hat trick and added an assist as Chicago posted a 4-1 win over visiting Toronto on Friday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at Allstate Arena.

Krog now leads the AHL with 21 points (7-14-21) in 14 playoff games for the Wolves, including seven goals in his last four contests.

After the teams played a scoreless first period, Darren Haydar netted a power play marker just 1:27 into the second to give Chicago a 1-0 advantage.

Krog made it 2-0 at the 7:15 mark, but Toronto’s Patrick Wellar answered just 23 seconds later with his first career Calder Cup Playoff goal.

The game remained 2-1 into the second intermission and through most of the third period. Krog then netted his second of the night at 17:53 of the final stanza, and he completed his hat trick with an empty-net shorthanded goal at 19:20.

Haydar finished with a goal and a helper for the Wolves, and Joe Motzko chipped in a pair of assists. Rookie goaltender Ondrej Pavelec ran his postseason record to 9-5 with 26 saves on 27 shots.

Chicago finished 1-for-8 on the power play, while the Marlies went scoreless on five opportunities.

The Wolves will host Game 2 of the best-of-7 series on Sunday afternoon.