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TORONTO -- All eyes were on the two new additions to the Chicago Wolves lineup on Saturday against the Toronto Marlies, but it was goaltender Jake Allen who stole the show.

In moves on Thursday that saw the Wolves lose one of their leading scorers, Corey Locke, the team gained center Adam Cracknell and defenseman Mark Cundari to spark their offense and power play.

While neither player made it onto the scoresheet in the 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies (24-13-2-2) at Ricoh Coliseum, both made their presence felt, including time on Chicago's special teams units.

Allen (17-10-2) made several spectacular saves throughout the game, allowing only a power-play goal on 29 shots. His Toronto counterpart, Garret Sparks (3-5-0), frustrated the Wolves, making 28 saves.

Rookie left wing Dmitrij Jaskin put the Wolves (22-15-2-2) on the board 10:11 into the game. During a change, defenseman Taylor Chorney fed the puck up to Jaskin, who slapped a shot on net that Sparks could not glove in time.

Penalty trouble late in the first period hurt the Wolves as defenseman T.J. Brennan, one of the top power-play scorers in the American Hockey League, made them pay on a two-man advantage.

The Wolves took back the lead with a power-play goal of their own at 10:42 of the second period. Left wing Chris Porter tipped a one-timer on the glove side for what proved to be the game-winner.

The Wolves must regain their legs quickly as they travel to Hamilton on Sunday to play the Bulldogs at 3 p.m., the third contest in a five-game trip.
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