ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves saw a 2-2 tie snapped with a late third period goal that gave the Texas Stars a 3-2 win before a crowd of 10,721 at the Allstate Arena Saturday night.
Center Jason Krog and defenseman Paul Postma tallied goals for Chicago (29-24-2-4), which saw a three-game winning streak snapped with the loss.
Texas forward Greg Rallo sent a shot zipping through traffic in front of the net that left wing Francis Wathier redirected past a screened Peter Mannino to put Texas on top for good, 14:46 into the third period.
“We dominated the whole game but their goaltender put on a great performance,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “We worked hard but we just didn’t get it by him.”
Texas (31-19-3-3) wasted no time jumping out to a 1-0 lead. Wathier scored 36 seconds into the game when he waked in and flung a shot past Mannino from above the left faceoff circle.
The Wolves evened it up, 1-1, at 4:24 of the first period. Krog attempted to flip a backhanded pass across the crease and the puck deflected off of a Texas player and into the net.
A power-play opportunity late in the second period helped Chicago inch ahead, 2-1. Right wing Darren Haydar held the puck along the boards and shipped it up to Postma at the point, and the blueliner fired a long blast that skipped past Texas goaltender Richard Bachman with 1:06 remaining in the frame.
Bachman (21-12-3) turned aside 42 shots for the Stars.
Texas responded early in the third period to knot the score, 2-2, with a shorthanded goal. Colton Sceviour stole the puck at the blue line, raced into the Wolves zone and fired a backhanded shot before knocking his own rebound back past Mannino, 1:32 into the frame.
Mannino (14-14-3) posted 24 saves for the Wolves.
The Wolves host the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Texas 1 0 2 -- 3
Chicago 1 1 0 -- 2
First Period---1, Texas, Wathier 14 (Lukowich), 0:36; 2, Chicago, Krog 13 (Ross, Haydar), 4:24. Penalties---Ross, Chicago (tripping), 1:53; Haydar, Chicago (hooking), 2:07; Benn, Texas (interference), 9:51; Derlago, Texas (slashing), 13:42.
Second Period---3, Chicago, Postma 9 (Haydar, Ross), 18:54 pp. Penalties---Rallo, Texas (goaltender interference), 0:59; Bench, Chicago (too many men), 3:51; Derlago, Texas (tripping), 4:36; Segal, Texas (roughing), 7:16; Kulda, Chicago (tripping, cross-checking), 7:16; Tousignant, Texas (roughing), 17:48; Lukowich, Texas (double-minor roughing), 20:00; Garbutt, Chicago (roughing), 20:00; Pettersson, Chicago (misconduct), 20:00.
Third Period---4, Texas, Sceviour 11 (unassisted), 1:32 sh; 5, Texas, Wathier 15 (Rallo, Fortunus), 14:46 pp. Penalties---Stephenson, Texas (interference), 10:58; Garbutt, Chicago (holding), 13:59; Kulda, Chicago (elbowing) 17:24; Bench, Chicago (unsportsmanlike conduct, game misconduct), 20:00; Deveaux, Chicago (butt-ending, game misconduct), 20:00.
Shots on goal---Texas: 6-7-14--27. Chicago: 16-11-17--44. Power plays---Texas: 1-6. Chicago: 1-7. Goalies---Texas, Bachman (42-44). Chicago, Mannino (24-27). A---10,721. Referee---Shaun Davis. Linesmen---Mike Hamilton and Aaron Mills.