HOFFMANN ESTATES, Ill. – One night after scoring a hat trick, Stefan Noesen continued to be a thorn in the side of the Iowa Wild, adding two more goals to lead the Chicago Wolves to a 5-1 victory over the Wild. Noesen scored five goals in the two games, helping Chicago earn a sweep of the weekend series. Alex Lyon stopped 24 shots to earn the victory. Hunter Jones gave up five goals on 20 shots before leaving the contest. Nolan Stevens had the lone goal for the Wild.
After scoring three goals in the final frame on Saturday’s contest, Chicago scored the first five goals of Sunday’s affair, giving them eight straight unanswered goals between the two contests. The Wolves took the lead 11:51 into the contest when Jesper Sellgren netted his third tally of the year. Sellgren fired a shot from the point that deflected off a Wild player and past Jones to make it 1-0.
About five minutes later, Chicago extended their lead to two. Andrew Poturalski took a shot that Jones saved, but Noesen gained control of the rebound, putting it in for his 27th tally of the year.
Chicago took the 2-0 lead in the first intermission, outshooting Iowa 13-7. They continue to put the pressure on in the second period, outshooting the Wild 17-9. This helped the team score three goals within the first eight minutes of the frame, extending their lead to five.
The first goal came at 4:49 when Noesen scored his second goal of the afternoon. Josh Leivo passed the puck to Noesen at the right face-off circle, who lifted a wrist shot past Jones for his second goal of the game.
A little less than two minutes later, the Wolves were on the power-play. The Wild were trying to clear the puck out of their own zone, but Poturalski intercepted the clearing attempt, firing a laser of a wrist shot from the right face-off circle that found the far post to give Chicago a 4-0 lead. It was the 22nd goal of the season for Poturalski.
Chicago was not done, however, as C.J. Smith netted his 15th tally of the year almost exactly one minute later. Smith intercepted a pass inside the Wild zone, taking a shot from the high slot and beating Jones to give the Wolves a five-goal lead.
The Wild had been totally dominated, but were finally able to get on the board with a little less than three minutes left in the second period. Nick Swaney passed the puck to Stevens who was just below the left face-off circle. He blasted a one-timer past Lyon for his fourth goal of the year.
From there, this was a defensive struggle. Each team had nine shots in the final frame, with neither being able to score a goal. Poturalski and Leivo each finished with two points for Chicago.
The Iowa Wild (20-19-6) return to action tonight, when they will welcome the Texas Stars (15-18-9) to town. The puck drops at 7:00.
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