CLEVELAND, OH – Michael Leighton backstopped the Chicago Wolves to a 3-0 victory against the Cleveland Monsters Saturday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena. The goaltender earned his AHL record-extending leading 50th career shutout and his first win as a member of the Wolves.
Neither team could score during the opening forty minutes, as Leighton saved all 16 shots faced, while Ivan Kulbakov saved 20 of his own. Chicago had four power-play opportunities in the first two periods but could not convert.
Tobias Lindberg opened the scoring for the Wolves at 7:35 of the third as he grabbed a rebound off a Monsters defender and spun before he shot the puck into the net. Lindberg’s goal was also his first of the season, and first with Chicago.
Paul Thompson gave Chicago a 2-0 lead five minutes later, stealing the puck in the neutral zone and advancing it to Beau Bennett, who fed it back to the captain for his seventh goal of the season. Wade Megan would score a buzzer-beater empty net goal to give Chicago a 3-0 victory.
Leighton made 24 saves in his shutout effort, while Kulbakov finished with 31 saves.
The Wolves went 0-for-6 on the power play but still improved to 7-12-4-1 on the season with the win.
The Chicago Wolves’ next travel to Rockford to face the IceHogs Tuesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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