Less than 24 hours after a 1-0 shootout win, the Chicago Wolves defeated the Rockford Icehogs by a score of 5-3 in a third period nailbiter.
The Wolves built up a comfortable 3-0 lead early in the third period after a Brett Sterling centring pass went off Icehogs defenceman Dylan Olsen’s skate and into the net.
Earlier in the game, Andrew Ebbett scored in the first period off a quick slapshot from the right faceoff circle and Nathan Longpre scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the second period after stealing the puck in the Icehogs defensive zone.
Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack, who went 110 minutes and 36 minutes without giving up a goal, gave up two powerplay goals to Icehogs Jeremy Morin and Marcus Kruger in a span of less than a minute and 52 seconds. Longpre would score his second of the night at 9:46 of the third period to put the Wolves back up on top by two goals.
Moments after the goal, Jeremy Morin would reply with also his second of the night to put the Icehogs back within one. With less than three minutes to play, Wolves winger Bill Sweatt would the net his first goal of the campaign on a pass from winger Zack Kassian to put the Wolves up 5-3.
The Wolves ultimately held on to dispose of the Icehogs and sweep the two-game series.
- Defenceman Kevin Connauton had two assists and was plus-four.
- Bill Sweatt and Guillaume Desbiens were the alternate captains.
- Zack Kassian had a devastating check on Icehogs defenceman Ryan Stanton. Coincidental roughing minors were handed out to Kassian and Icehogs’ Jimmy Hayes for their ensuing altercation.
- Only 5113 fans took in this game after the season-opener drew 14,505 fans.
Stick-tap to Paul LaTour
- Brett Sterling | Andrew Ebbett | Darren Haydar
- Zack Kassian | Jordan Schroeder | Anton Rodin
- Bill Sweatt | Nathan Longpre | Steve Pinizzotto
- Tim Miller | Alexandre Mallet | Guillaume Desbiens
- Kevin Connauton | Chris Tanev
- Derek Joslin | Patrick Mullen
- Mark Matheson | Peter Andersson
- Eddie Lack
- Matt Climie
- Defencemen: Brad Hunt, Zach Miskovic, Yann Sauve
- Forwards: Michael Davies, Alex Friesen, Andrew Gordon, Taylor Matson, Stefan Schneider
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