Third period Rally and Ratties Rocket lifts Wolves over Wild
It was a hard fought game between both the Chicago Wolves and the Iowa Wild but in the end it was the Wolves who ended up on top and won 3-2 on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
The game didn't start out well for the Wolves when the Wild opened the scoring at 16 minutes and 57 seconds of the first period when they were shorthanded. The Wolves had turned over the puck and the Wild's center Warren Peters fired a shot past Wolves goaltender Matt Climie from close range in the slot. Assist give to McMillan.
Following a scoreless second period, the Wolves evened the score in the third with Dmitrij Jaskin's goal at 9 minutes and 14 seconds. After a faceoff win, right winger Mark Mancari cycled the puck behind the net. Then center Keith Aucoin batted it to Jaskin, who banked the puck off a Wild defenseman's skate from below the goal line past an unsuspecting (Wild goaltender) Jonas Gustaffson.
Chicago's right wing Ty Rattie gave the Wolves a 2-1 lead at 17 minutes and 7 seconds of the third with a one-timer from the left faceoff dot past a sprawling Gustaffson, who couldn't slide to his right quickly enough to make the save. Center Alex Bolduc started the play by claiming the puck along the right boards and centering it into the slot for defenseman Mark Cundari, who then backhanded it to Rattie for his 16th goal of the year which is a team high.
With Gustaffson pulled for the extra attacker, the Wild tied the game with 20 seconds remaining in regulation. Center Zack Phillips delivered top-shelf from the right circle to send the game into overtime. The goal was assisted by Mercier and McMillan.
Chicago's Rattie and Cundari worked together once again for the game-winner at 4 minutes and 31 seconds of the overtime frame. Cundari claimed the puck in the neutral zone and wiggled along the blue line to give Rattie time to jump into the play. Rattie collected Cundari's pass at the top of the right circle and fired it over Gustaffson to give the Wolves the 3-2 victory.
Shots on goal
Chicago 29 Iowa 26
Climie (Chicago) 24 of 26 Gustaffson (Iowa) 26 of 29