Wolves earn split with Peoria

Chicago earned a 3-0 win over Peoria in AHL preseason action on Sunday afternoon in Vernon Hills, Ill., grabbing a split of the teams’ home-and-home weekend series.

The Wolves notched the game’s first tally at 7:04 of the first period on the power play, when center Colin Fretter gathered the loose puck, flipped a backhand shot through a maze of players and beat a screened Rivermen rookie netminder Marek Schwarz through the five-hole. Defenseman Troy Milam and center Kevin Doell were credited with assists on the man-advantage marker.

After a scoreless second period, Chaz Johnson redirected a pass from veteran center Steve Martins over Schwarz’s left shoulder to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead with 8:15 left in the contest. Chicago capped the scoring with their second power-play goal with 3:23 remaining. During a 4-on-3 advantage, Milam capped a three-point effort with a slap shot through a crowd.

Schwarz, a first-round pick (17th overall) of the St. Louis Blues in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, finished with 27 saves on the game.

Brendan Cuthbert (11 saves) and Michael Garnett (eight saves) combined on the shutout for the Wolves.