CLEVELAND, OH – The Chicago Wolves lost their twelfth game of the season Friday night by a score of 3-2 against the Cleveland Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena. Griffin Reinhart’s first two goals of the season could not give the visitors the win.
While Chicago outshot Cleveland 14 to 5 in the opening period, it could not take advantage of four minutes of power play time and the two teams entered the second in a scoreless tie.
Carter Camper scored the game’s first goal at 4:58 of the second, and a barrage of teddy bears hit the ice. Reinhart’s first goal of the season tied the score two and a half minutes later. Monsters’ goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks was screened and did not see the shot from the point.
Cleveland would retake the lead about a minute later as Alex Broadhurst buried a rebound high past Kasimir Kaskisuo, and the Monsters did not look back.
Paul Bittner scored the game-winning goal on a 5-on-3 power play opportunity halfway through the third. The goal was initially waived off, but the ensuing review showed the puck bounced off the inside of the crossbar and was thus ruled a good goal.
Reinhart would notch a second goal on a one-timer from the point with 39 seconds to play, nevertheless, Chicago could not get the tying goal.
Kaskisuo made 23 saves in the loss, while Kivlenieks stopped 36 shots.
Special teams cost the Chicago Wolves a win yet again as they went both 0-for-4 on the power play and gave up a power-play goal.
The Wolves (6-12-4-1) face the Monsters (8-8-2-2) in a rematch Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. Puck drop is scheduled for around 12 p.m.
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