17 January 2014

Wolves' home winning streak ends at seven

Rosemont, Ill.---After rallying to force overtime with a pair of power-play goals, the Chicago Wolves surrendered their third power-play goal with 1:11 left in extra time to fall 3-2 to Toronto Friday night at Allstate Arena.

Defenseman Cade Fairchild started Chicago’s rally with his first goal of the year before left wing Sergey Andronov pulled the Wolves (20-14-2-2) into a tie at 3:19 of the third period. Mark Mancari added two assists for Chicago, which saw its home winning streak end at seven games.

“We played well five-on-five, but we took way too many penalties,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “We had our chances to win after we tied the score but couldn’t convert.”

Toronto (22-11-2-2) opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 19 seconds before the end of the first period. Sam Carrick delivered a centering pass in front of the goal to set up left wing David Broll for an easy flip past Wolves goaltender Jake Allen.

The Marlies pushed their lead to 2-0 with another power-play goal at 11:29 of the second period. Spencer Abbott took advantage of Allen playing without a stick and wristed a shot from the left circle past his glove.

The Wolves delivered a power-play goal of their own to slice the margin in half at 15:43 of the second. Mancari worked the puck to Keith Aucoin near the goal line, then Aucoin rifled a pass across the crease past a sliding Toronto defender to Fairchild for a tap-in past goaltender Garret Sparks.

Chicago pulled even at 3:19 of the third with another power-play goal as Mancari rifled a shot from the point that deflected off Andronov. Ty Rattie also picked up an assist on the play.

Carrick earned the game-winner at 3:49 of overtime. With Toronto owning a 4-on-3 advantage, Greg McKegg claimed the puck behind the net and fed the open Carrick in the slot for a one-timer.

Allen (15-9-2) stopped 22 shots for the Wolves. Elmhurst native Garret Sparks (3-3-0) posted 25 saves to pick up the win.

The Wolves play their final January home game at 7 p.m. Saturday when they host Rockford for an Illinois Lottery Cup contest. For tickets, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

MARLIES 3, WOLVES 2 (OT)

Toronto 1 1 0 1 -- 3

Chicago 0 1 1 0 -- 2

First Period---1, Toronto, Broll 3 (Carrick, D’Amigo), 19:41 pp. Penalties---Hanson, Chicago (holding), 3:34; Granberg, Toronto (interference), 7:09; Staubitz, Toronto (roughing), 14:23; Oberg, Chicago (hooking), 15:51; Oberg, Chicago (interference), 18:55.

Second Period---2, Toronto, Abbott 9 (Percy, Holzer), 11:29 pp; 3, Chicago, Fairchild 1 (Aucoin, Mancari), 15:43 pp. Penalties---Staubitz, Toronto (cross-checking), 3:42; Staubitz, Toronto (10-minute misconduct), 3:42; Jaskin, Chicago (holding), 5:50; Kattelus, Chicago (kneeing), 8:04; Shields, Chicago (slashing), 11:07; MacLeod, Toronto (tripping), 13:54.

Third Period---4, Chicago, Andronov 10 (Mancari, Rattie), 3:19 pp. Penalties---Granberg, Toronto (tripping), 2;52; Devane, Toronto (tripping), 4:38; MacWilliam, Toronto (boarding), 5:30; Hanson, Chicago (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:52; Crexcenzi, Toronto (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:52; Regner, Chicago (tripping), 13:13.

Overtime---5, Toronto, Carrick 6 (McKegg, Brennan), 3:49. Penalties---Brennan, Toronto (boarding), 0:32; Mancari, Chicago (tripping), 1:52.

Shots on goal---Toronto: 9-5-8-3—25; Chicago: 8-10-6-3—27. Power plays---Toronto 3-8; Chicago 2-8. Goalies—Toronto, Sparks (25-27); Chicago, Allen (22-25). A---6,210. Referees---Trevor Hanson and Terry Koharski. Linesmen---Peter Cichy and Alex Stagnone.