Wolves lose in shootout
Season-high crowd of 15,155 sees comeback fall short
(Tribune illustration / April 13, 2013)
But the extra work might be getting to Climie, who has started 13 of the 14 games since Lack was hurt Nov. 27. Climie has allowed seven goals in his last two outings and lost his fourth consecutive start in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Grand Rapids before a season-high crowd of 15,155 at Allstate Arena.
The Wolves rallied from a 3-1 deficit with third-period goals by Andrew Ebbett and Mark Matheson, but they ended up losing for the sixth time in their last seven games (1-4-1-1).
"I'll be honest, I'm not happy with myself and my performance, but at the same time I continued to battle and make saves," said Climie, who finished with 21 saves. "Mentally it's draining at times, but that's part of being a goaltender, you've got to find ways to battle through the adversity."
For most of December, Climie's play kept the Wolves and their struggling offense above water. The Wolves average only two goals per game in his 17 starts. In Lack's absence, Climie has posted a 2.33 goals-against average and .926 save percentage but is only 5-7-1.
"He's been giving us chances to win every night, and (Saturday) we helped him out, came back and got that point," Matheson said. "(But) no question about it, it's push time. We can't keep being satisfied with good efforts. We've got to want those two points."
For the foreseeable future, they'll be going after those points with Climie in goal. Wolves coach Scott Arniel said Lack will fly to Vancouver on Sunday, where he'll be seen by the Canucks' specialists.
"They have concerns obviously," Arniel said. "When it goes this long they want to make sure they're checking everything."