BAKERSFIELD, CALIF – The Chicago Wolves got right back to their winning ways Friday against the Bakersfield Condors, edging the home team out 4-3 at Rabobank Arena. With this win, the Wolves have won six out of their last seven games.
It became clear in the first period that neither Maxime Lagace nor Laurent Brossoit would stand a chance at pitching a shutout as each goaltender would allow two goals apiece in the opening frame.
Former Wolves player Ty Rattie scored the game’s first goal when he grabbed a cross-crease pass, waited and threw it top shelf past Lagace. Teemu Pulkkinen tied the game four minutes later on the power play. The refs had initially waived his goal off, but upon further review ruled it a good goal for Pulkkinen’s 11th goal of the season.
Brandon Christoffer beat Lagace blocker-side just over a minute later to regain the lead for his hockey club, but they were unable to carry their lead into intermission. In just his first game with Chicago this season, Vince Dunn tied the game when his shot from the point was deflected in front of Brossoit and into the net.
Rattie was not done scoring as his second goal of the night came at 12:47 of the second to give the Condors a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. His shot from the point beat Lagace.
The Wolves entered the third period needing at least one goal to restart their point streak which had been snapped Wednesday by the San Diego Gulls. However, the minutes began to tick away and it became less and less likely they would knot the game at three.
Never one to say never, Stefan Matteau scored the Wolves’ second power-play goal of the night with just 4:58 left on the scoreboard. Pulkkinen had made the initial shot into traffic and Matteau poked it past Brossoit in the ensuing chaos for his sixth of the season.
Captain Paul Thompson recorded the insurance goal for Chicago just 22 seconds later when he was fed perfectly tape-to-tape and fired the shot into the net. Brossoit did not have a chance to try and stop the puck.
The Condors pulled their goaltender with 75 seconds left in regulation but were unable to get the tying goal.
Lagace made 30 saves in the win, while Brossoit had 32 in the loss.
The Chicago Wolves next travel to Ontario to take on the Ontario Reign Saturday, January 13 with a 9 p.m. CST puck drop. @SinBinWolves will have major updates, but will be in Indianapolis assisting with The Sin Bin’s 2018 ECHL All-Star Classic coverage.