WINNIPEG, MB – The Chicago Wolves dropped their third consecutive one-goal game Wednesday night against the Manitoba Moose at Bell MTS Place. Stefan Matteau’s first two goals of the season were not enough as Chicago failed to inch closer to .500 on the season.
Matteau solved goaltender Michael Hutchinson just 1:16 into the game, deking around him and putting the puck into the net for the early 1-0 lead. The two teams would exchange penalties for a good portion of the first, but neither would capitalize on the man-advantage. Peter Stoykewych tied the game at one, and the score held going into the first intermission.
Manitoba’s Brendan Lemieux gave the Moose a 2-1 lead 2:40 into the second in his first game back after being reassigned by the Winnipeg Jets. Chicago refused to let Manitoba carry its lead into the third. T.J. Tynan’s drop pass to Matteau led to not only the forward’s second goal of the night but also the second for Chicago. Just as the first period ended in a 1-1 tie, the second finished 2-2.
The Moose’s game-winner would come on the power play 3:22 into the third as Mason Appleton redirected the puck in front of Kasimir Kaskisuo for the lead. The Wolves would pull their goaltender with about two minutes remaining, but could not get the tying goal to send the game into extra time.
Kaskisuo made 28 saves in the losing effort, while Hutchinson made 42. The loss moved Chicago to 4-8-1-0 on the season.
Lack of shots on goal is not the issue for the Wolves in this slump, their power play continues to underperform. It has only converted once in the last 29 chances, including going 0-for-5 Wednesday.
The return of Beau Bennett and Chris Casto to the lineup had a notable impact on the Wolves, but Griffin Reinhart left the game with an injury after the tying goal in the first. This left the Wolves with five defensemen for the remainder of the game, one of whom missed the previous six games to injury.
Chicago looks to snap its three-game skid Friday night in a rematch against the Manitoba Moose at Bell MTS Center at 7 p.m. Be sure to follow @SinBinWolves for live game updates and analysis.