By Paul LaTour, Special to the Tribune
12:01 AM EST, February 21, 2013
Getting Andrew Ebbett back didn't merely allow the Wolves to have a full complement of healthy forwards in the lineup. It also helped the Wolves create a dynamic line combination with Ebbett between Bill Sweatt and Darren Haydar.
The trio combined for seven points in the Wolves' 4-3 shootout victory Wednesday over Abbotsford before a crowd of 3,924 at Allstate Arena. In the shootout, Haydar, Nathan Longpre and Michael Davies scored for the Wolves against one tally for the Heat.
In regulation, Haydar scored twice and had an assist, Sweatt had a goal and two assists, while Ebbett added an assist in his first game back since the Canucks reassigned him on Tuesday.
Ebbett had been a healthy scratch for nine out of 14 games with the Canucks.
"I just want to play some games, so it's nice to come down and get a lot of minutes in," said Ebbett, who has eight points in his last six games with the Wolves. "For no practices I was pretty happy with how it went."
The Wolves built leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but couldn't close out a regulation victory. A pair of third-period Heat goals forced overtime and then the shootout.
The Wolves played their two previous games with only 11 healthy forwards.
"Any time you can get an elite player like Ebbett back, it certainly helps, especially with us being pretty thin through the middle of the ice," coach Scott Arniel said. "It wasn't like he was new. I liked his attitude. He didn't hang his head."
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