11th August 16:22
Wolves take their first regulation loss
The Wolves took a two-goal lead but fell short against the Cincinnati
Mighty Ducks last night.
Here is the game story.
ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves allowed three unanswered goals to fall,
3-2, against the
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks at the Allstate Arena last night.
Chicago (5-1-0-1) lost in regulation for the first time this season.
Cincinnati (3-3-1-0) remained unbeaten in its last three games (2-0-1-0).
"We did the same thing we've been doing for the last three games," said
Wolves Head Coach John
Anderson. "We allow 40 shots and we don't want to do the things we have to
do. We've been
living on borrowed time. Hopefully, this will be a slap in the face that
will wake us up."
Despite being outshot, 17-7, the Wolves tallied first when Cincinnati goalie
Ilya Bryzgalov left
the crease to play the puck. Wolves captain Steve Maltais found rookie left
wing Karl Stewart
on the goal line in the right corner and sent him the puck. Stewart angled
a shot into the net
for the 1-0 lead at 5:27 of the second period.
Bryzgalov (3-2-0-0) posted 27 saves in the win.
The Wolves padded their lead, 2-0, when left wing Zdenek Blatny outskated
his defender, dragged
the puck past Bryzgalov before taking a shot that rebounded directly to left
wing Brian Maloney,
who batted the puck into the net at 10:03 of the middle frame.
Cincinnati cut the lead in half, 2-1, on the coattails of a five-on-three
power play when center
Keith Aucoin flipped a shot that deflected past Wolves goaltender Frederic
Cassivi and into the
net at 12:59 of the second stanza.
Cassivi (3-1-0-1) turned aside 37 shots in his first loss since Oct. 11.
The Mighty Ducks tied the game, 2-2, in the first minute of play in the
third period. Despite
being short-handed, Mighty Ducks left wing Michael Holmqvist intercepted a
clearing pass in the
Wolves zone and took a shot from the left circle that deflected into the net
after just 53
seconds had expired in the third period.
Cincinnati's first lead of the game proved to be the game-winner, 3-2, when
Mottau slipped the puck through traffic and under Cassiv at 10:12 of the
The Wolves travel to Texas to take on the Houston Aeros at the Toyota Center
on Fri., Oct. 31,
at 7 p.m.
First Period---None. Penalties---Mottau, Cincinnati (tripping), 4:19; Alen,
(high-sticking), 8:58; Tapper, Chicago (hooking), 12:09; Weaver, Chicago
Second Period---1, Chicago, Stewart 2 (Maltais, Weaver), 5:27; 2, Chicago,
Maloney 1 (Blatny,
Yarema), 10:03; 3, Aucoin 3 (Armstrong, Perrault), 12:59 pp.
(holding), 10:57; Safronov, Chicago (holding), 12:09; Kunitz, Cincinnati
DiPenta, Chicago (fighting), 15:01; Perrault, Cincinnati (high-sticking),
Third Period---4, Cincinnati, Holmqvist 1 (Mottau), 0:53 sh; 5, Cincinnati
Mottau 1 (Hankinson,
Martensson), 10:12. Penalties---Gamache, Chicago (hooking), 4:49; Popovic,
(interference), 5:02; Smith, Cincinnati (roughing), 6:47; MacKenzie, Chicago
Kunitz, Cincinnati (roughing), 10:12; Maloney, Chicago (roughing), 10:12;
(slashing), 13:36; Weaver, Chicago (high-sticking), 18:06; Martensson,
Shots on goal---Cincinnati: 11-19-10-40. Chicago: 6-7-16--29.
Power plays---Cincinnati: 1-6. Chicago: 0-5.
Goalies---Cincinnati, Bryzgalov (27-29). Chicago, Cassivi (37-40).
Referee---Harry Dumas. Linesmen---Peter Cichy and Jay Jacobs.