ROSEMONT, ILL – The Chicago Wolves improved to 10-12-4-1 on the season with a 6-3 victory over the Iowa Wild Saturday night at home in the Allstate Arena. T.J. Tynan recorded his first hat trick of the season, which included two shorthanded goals.
Special teams proved to be the theme of the night, as seven of the game’s nine goals came on uneven play.
Tynan opened the game’s scoring on a shorthanded breakaway chance at 8:15 of the first. The center deked around goaltender Adam Vay for his third goal of the year. Luke Kunin tied the game at one less than a minute later, as his power-play shot went off a diving Wolves’ defender and past Wolves’ goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo.
Tynan’s second shorthanded goal of the night gave the Wolves’ a 2-1 advantage at 14:57 of the first. Not to be outdone, Zach Palmquist scored a minute later on the power play for Iowa. The two teams entered the second with a 1-1 tie.
Though Chicago had a 20-4 shots on goal advantage in the second, and four power play opportunities, it was only able to take a 3-2 lead. Teemu Pulkkinen broke his six-game scoring drought as his power-play shot beat Vay, going off the post and across the goal line.
Iowa would tie the game 3:20 into the third on its third power-play goal of the night. Sam Anas took advantage of the 5-on-4 and potted his eighth of the season.
Just as the clock began to wind down, Tomas Hyka grabbed a rebound off Vay and snuck it behind the netminder for the go-ahead goal with 2:42 left. A little over a minute later, Tynan recorded his first hat trick of the season, and second of his career – both against the Wild. The icing on the cake came with 18 ticks left on the board. Wade Megan recorded an empty-netter for his fourth goal of the season, finalizing the Wolves’ 6-3 victory.
Saturday’s win improved the Chicago Wolves’ winning streak to four games, the last two of which were 6-3 margins of victory. Vay made 37 saves in the loss, while Kaskisuo grabbed 15 of his own.
When asked about his shorthanded goals, Tynan had this to say:
“That was nice. We gave up a couple to their power play, so when it happens you’re happy when you can contribute offensively… Wade Megan made two great plays, I was lucky enough to score on them.”
Rocky sang his praises after the game:
“We were talking about it [Tynan’s hat trick] in there [the locker room] after the game. We’ve never been a part of one where you score a shorthanded goal and then give up the power-play goal in the same time, and then do it again, but him and Wade Megan were working really nicely together.”
For the record, Tynan is not keeping any of the hats thrown onto the ice after his third goal.
As for how it feels to finally be on a winning streak? Pulkkinen said,
“It’s great. It’s better than losing. We lost eight in a row, so let’s make it eight in a row wins.”
The Chicago Wolves play their third game of a three-in-three series Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Admirals with a 3 p.m. puck drop. As always, be sure to follow @SinBinWolves for up-to-date news and game updates.