SAN DIEGO, CA – The Chicago Wolves’ point streak was stopped at 14 games after a 2-1 loss Wednesday to the San Diego Gulls at Valley View Casino Center. Maxime Lagace’s 27 saves were not enough to power his team to its sixth-consecutive win.
Both teams saw time on the power play during the opening frame, but neither was able to make anything happen. The horn would sound on the period with no goals on the scoreboard.
Sam Carrick broke the scoreless tie halfway through the second, beating Lagace to give the Gulls a 1-0 lead. Though Chicago would have 13-6 shots on goal advantage in the second, San Diego would be the scoring party to go up 2-0 on Kevin Roy’s first goal since returning from the NHL. Roy went to make a pass in front of Lagace, but Wade Megan would mistakenly put the puck in his own net.
The Wolves were gifted a 5-on-3 power play halfway through the third period, and Stefan Matteau spoiled Reto Berra’s shutout bid when he caught the pass from Tomas Hyka and threw it on net. This goal was Matteau’s first since returning from the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Gulls were able to hold onto their two-goal lead even with Lagace pulled for the extra attacker with two minutes left in regulation.
Chicago finished the game 1-for-5 on the power play. Berra made 31 saves in the win for San Diego.
The Chicago Wolves continue their West Coast trip Friday, January 12th as they travel to the Bakersfield Condors. As always, be sure to follow @SinBinWolves on Twitter for current news and game updates.
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