Goaltender Matt Clime recorded his second shutout in six days, leading the Chicago Wolves to a 2-0 victory over the Texas Stars at Cedar Park Center in Austin, Texas, on Friday night.
It marked Climie's fifth shutout of the season as he stopped 33 shots by the Stars (33-15-4-4), who have the best record in the Western Conference. He helped the Wolves (27-17-4-3), who won have won three games out of their last four, pull within five points of first-place Grand Rapids Griffins in the Midwest Division.
The Wolves used a one-timer to get scoring started. Defenseman Adam Polasek rifled a shot from the top of the circle past Texas goaltender Jake Campbell at 4:38 in the first period.
Soon after, Polasek stole the spotlight again, getting in a scrum with Stars center Francis Wathier. While Polasek was in the penalty box, Wolves forward Darren Archibald picked the puck at center ice and charged through the Texas' zone, firing a wrist shot past Campell at 11:55.
The second period saw a lot of fore-checking from the Stars but neither side scored.
Texas, which has not won a game trailing after two periods this season, could not beat Climie in the third period. The Stars had 15 third-period shots and, overall, outshot Chicago, 33-19.
The Wolves next play Saturday night at San Antonio.