Wolves Shutout IHL All-Stars

By Andrew Bourgeois
The defending Turner Cup Champion Chicago Wolves took the IHL All-Stars by surprise Monday night, shutting out the All-Stars 4-0 before 11,131 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. It was the first ever shutout in an IHL All-Star Game.

The Wolves got on the board late in the first period, when Steve Maltais took a feed from Steve Larouche and Robert Petrovickey at 18:01 and put it past All-Star netminder Mike Fountain. That would eventually be the game-winner as the All-Stars were not able to find the back of the net.

In the second period, Chicago again struck late, this time at 16:31 with a goal from Guy Larose. Also in the second, Wolves netminder Rick DiPietro made his return to the Wolves lineup, posting 10 saves on 10 shots. His efforts helped him earn the Bud Light Rising Star Award, which is annually awarded to the player who is making his first appearance at an IHL All-Star Game and contributes best to his team’s efforts.

The Wolves came away with two goals in the final stanza, as Kevin Brown scored early at 4:52 on a pass from Steve Larouche. That wouldn’t be the end of it for Larouche either, as he added his third point of the night, a goal, at 11:30 of the period. Maltais assisted on that goal, giving him the all-time lead in IHL All-Star scoring. With eight All-Star appearances, Maltais now has six goals and six assists. He passes Stan Drulia who had previously held the top spot with 11 points on 3 goals and 8 asssits. Maltais’ six goals also tie him for the most goals in IHL All-Star history.

With three points on the night, Larouche was named the Most Valuable Player. Larouche was appearing in his 3rd IHL All-Star Game having also played in Fort Wayne in 1994 and Grand Rapids in 1997.

It is the second consecutive year and the ninth time in IHL history that defending Turner Cup Champion has taken on a team of IHL All-Stars. The defending Champions hold a 7-2 advantage in games played in this format.


There are almost 1000 names inscribed on the Turner Cup since the league formed in 1945.


January 16, 1960 Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings nets a goal and an assist in his 888th NHL game to become the NHL’s all time leading scorer with 947 points.


NHL greats such as Ed Belfour, Dominik Hasek, Sandis Ozolinsh, Tommy Salo, Ron Hextall, and Curtis Joesph all played in the IHL.


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Wednesday January 17, 2001
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