WINNIPEG, MB – The Chicago Wolves’ losing streak was extended to five games after dropping a 6-4 decision to the Manitoba Moose Friday night at Bell MTS Iceplex. While the power play took a step in the right direction, the penalty kill gave up goals on its first two kill attempts of the night.
The game opened with a flurry of goals, as the two teams combined for five goals in the opening frame. Julian Melchiori opened the scoring for the home team 1:05 into the period, and Jack Roslovic’s secondary assist would be the first of four points on the night for the center.
Sami Niku gave the Moose a 2-0 lead on his team’s first power play opportunity of the night. Roslovic notched his second assist of the night on Niku’s goal. Brandon Pirri would score his third goal in four games on Chicago’s first power play of the evening to close the score gap.
Brett Sterling tied the game three minutes later, immediately following the expiration of the second Moose penalty. The left wing crashed the front of the net and put the puck around Moose goaltender Eric Comrie for his second goal of the season.
Buddy Robinson finished off scoring for the period with a power-play goal of his own. Manitoba would carry its 3-2 lead into intermission.
Stefan Matteau, who had numerous chances for the Wolves, scored his third goal of the season, and third in two against the Moose, halfway through the second to tie the game. Roslovic’s first goal of the night came a few minutes later as he regained the lead for his team to enter the third period.
Chicago’s second power-play goal came on a one-timer from the point by Jason Garrison halfway through the third, who scored his first goal as a member of the Wolves. The Wolves, however, could not stop Roslovic as he notched his second goal of the game on the ensuing face-off to take the lead right back.
The Chicago Wolves pulled netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo with two minutes remaining in regulation. Chase De Leo gave Manitoba its second two-goal lead of the night with an empty-net goal.
Just when it appeared as though the Moose would walk away with a win, they took a holding penalty with 1:34 remaining. Chicago would then be given a two-man advantage for the final 12.2 seconds after a Manitoba high-sticking penalty, but even with three extra men due to a pulled goaltender, the Wolves could not close the gap.
The 6-4 loss Friday night dropped the Chicago Wolves to 4-9-1-0 on the season. They are back in action Sunday afternoon at the Rockford IceHogs. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Be sure to follow @SinBinWolves for live game updates.