What a way to start a series! The Chicago Wolves beat the San Diego Gulls 5–4 in overtime to jump out to a 1–0 series lead. It was a back and forth affair, and while it may not have completely gone to script, a win is a win.
Yesterday we dug in on a few players to keep an eye on, and they did not disappoint. Oscar Dansk showed why he's the soul of this team. On the surface, a .909 save percentage isn't otherworldly. Extrapolated out over 44 shots through regulation and overtime changes the narrative a bit, and proved vital in protecting home ice. Dansk is cold-blooded, rising above the fray in a flurry of shots during the final 90 seconds of regulation.
Daniel Carr did what he does best, imposed his will on the opponent. Just to further drive that home, Carr won league MVP this year in only 52 games. 71 points on the scoresheet over 52 games, simply put, nasty. Take a look below, just give the man the biscuit and he feasts.
T.J. Tynan is just continuing on in his quest to get all the assists. If he keeps it up, people (mostly me) may start calling him T.J. Appleseed. He got a helper on the video above and came through again with just a hair over three minutes left in regulation, assisting on Nicolas Hague's clutch goal that tied them game at 4-4 and forced OT.
Cody Glass decided being a hero is fun, so he was one, again. Note what it says in the tweet below from the official Chicago Wolves account: he's barely 20 years old, has played in just 18 professional games, and he has 8 goals, 4 game winners. As you watch that video you'll see they took the term "catching a break" pretty literally. An argument could have been made for a penalty there, but his broken lumber led him to the bench for a replacement twig, and in turn, he got sprung on a breakaway.
Tonight, Saturday, May 18th we have game two of the seven-game Western Conference finals with puck drop at 7:00 pm local time. You can catch all Wolves playoff games on the AHL TV channel, or tonight on NHL Network, but it's not too late to grab tickets and see them live. I can't stress this enough, it is worth the price of admission for just the pregame show and a Wayne Messmer National Anthem. Checkout using promo code "ONTAP" through Ticketmaster and you can save a few bucks. I'll be there, you should be too.
Featured Photo: Ross Dettman