The Chicago Wolves got a win to help their playoff chances by beating the Lake Erie Monsters 5-2 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Friday.
Entering the game in 10th place in the Western Conference, the Wolves (37-28-5-4) had three match-ups left to gain ground in the standings.
The Wolves were outshot 39-23, but scored three power-play goals to pull out the critical victory.
Wolves defenseman Jim Vandermeer scored the first goal of the night at 12:27 of the first period, blasting a point shot from the right of Monsters goaltender Sami Aittokallio and sailing it through traffic into the mesh.
Vandermeer's fellow defenseman Danny Groulx followed up with his seventh goal of the season moments later, knocking the puck home on the doorstep of Aittokallio at 14:11 to give the Wolves a 2-0 advantage.
Monsters right wing Tomas Vincour made a dent in Chicago's lead just before the first intermission, redirecting a shot from the side of netminder Matt Climie's posts and tapping home a goal at 19:16.
Once the second period opened, Wolves right wing Darren Archibald took just 2:50 to start scoring again while on the power play, putting a puck top shelf past Aittokallio and giving Chicago back its two-goal lead.
Another Wolves defenseman, this time Brad Hunt, scored the fourth tally of the game for Chicago at the 6:18 mark. He fired with such force that his point shot bounced into the Monsters' net and back into play for several seconds before players realized it was a goal.
With Lake Erie (34-31-3-7) trailing by three scores after Hunt's blast, Aittokallio was replaced in net by Calvin Pickard.
The change did some good for the Monsters, as left wing Paul Carey scored for the Monsters. Climie was pulled away from his net making a save and failed to get back in position before a pass landing on Carey's stick was rifled to the back of the net at 12:21.
But the Wolves then scored their third power-play goal of the game, the first time they've done that all season. Chicago forward Andrew Gordon did the honors, hopping on a rebound and burying it behind Pickard at 17:11 of the second frame while the Wolves were on the man advantage.
The third period was scoreless.