Wolves feast on Rivermen

The Chicago Wolves exploded for seven second-period goals on their way to an 11-5 blowout victory over the Peoria Rivermen at Allstate Arena on Friday night.

The 11 goals scored by the Wolves are a franchise record and an American Hockey League season high, while the seven second-period goals are also a new franchise record.

The last AHL team to score as many as 11 goals in a game was the Hamilton Bulldogs, in a 15-1 win over Cleveland on Dec. 8, 2002.

Most of the Wolves figured into the scoring as 15 of their 17 skaters had at least one point in the blowout. Forwards Ramzi Abid (2g, 2a) and Justin Morrison (1g, 3a) led the way with four points each. Billy Tibbetts also had a pair of goals for the Wolves.

One of the few bright spots for the Rivermen was Mike Glumac with two goals and an assist in the losing effort.

The teams combined to score 16 goals on just 52 shots. Patrick Lalime allowed five goals on 12 shots for Peoria, and Chris Beckford-Tseu gave up six on 14 shots.

The Wolves (12-12-2-5, 31 pts.) climb to .500 for the first time since November 23rd, while the Rivermen (16-14-1-1, 34 pts.) fall to fifth place in the West Division.

Elsewhere on Friday:
Grant Potulny scored four goals in the Binghamton Senators’ 6-3 victory over the host Rochester Americans… Sean Bergenheim scored two goals to lead the Sound Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phantoms, and spoil John Slaney‘s AHL record-setting 454th point by a defenseman… Iowa goaltender Mike Smith stopped 19 of 20 shots and the Stars scored four unanswered goals starting in the second period to beat the San Antonio Rampage by a score of 4-1… NHL veteran goaltender Manny Legace, who is in the AHL on a conditioning assignment, started for the Grand Rapids Griffins and made 20 saves as the Griffins beat the Hamilton Bulldogs by a score of 7-2; Matt Ellis led the way in scoring for the Griffins with two goals and two assists… The Bruins’ Tyler Redenbach scored two goals in a 4-2 win over the Atlantic Division-leading Portland Pirates; with the win, the Bruins now are alone in fourth place in the Atlantic… Martin St. Pierre and Milan Bartovic each had goals in the shootout to help the Norfolk Admirals to a 2-1 victory over the Hershey Bears… The Syracuse Crunch beat the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-3, at the War Memorial despite two goals by Hartford’s Colby Genoway; Joe Motzko had the game-winning goal in the third period for the Crunch… Manchester goaltender Barry Brust made 27 saves for his first AHL shutout as the Monarchs beat the Springfield Falcons, 4-0, at the MassMutual Center.