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Wolves move to within 1 point of clinching playoff berth, shut out OKC 3-0

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Chicago Wolves moved within 1 point of clinching a playoff berth with a 3-0 triumph Saturday night over Western Conference leader Oklahoma City.

If the Wolves (40-26-3-3) force overtime or win Tuesday at Texas, then they'll wrap up their 15th playoff berth in the franchise's 18 years of existence. There's also a chance Chicago -- which has four games left in the regular season -- can clinch the Midwest Division title outright the same night. That would ensure no worse than the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference's half of the 16-team AHL playoffs.

Eddie Lack, the top goaltending prospect in the Vancouver Canucks' system, stopped 29 shots to earn his fourth shutout of the season. Left wing Bill Sweatt, who grew up in Lombard and Elburn, led the way with his fifth two-goal performance as a professional. The 23-year-old owns 16 goals for the season.

Mike Davies earned the primary assist on both of Sweatt's tallies. All-star forward Darren Haydar added a power-play goal in the second period --- his fifth goal in the last eight games.
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