ROSEMONT, ILL – The Chicago Wolves won their franchise-record 10th-consecutive home game Sunday at the Allstate Arena when they defeated the Cleveland Monsters 3-1. Defenseman Jake Bischoff tied the game for the home team with his first goal of the year.
The Wolves began the game slowly as the Monsters held their high-octane offense to just 12 shots in the first forty minutes. Though both teams saw chances on the power play in the opening period, it took until Justin Scott’s goal at 2:33 of the second for scoring to open.
Bischoff’s goal would not come until almost halfway through the third as his laser from the top of the circle beat netminder Matiss Kivlenieks for his first goal of the season. With Bischoff’s tally, two Wolves defenders scored their first goal of the season during this weekend’s games.
“It felt good to see it go in,” said Bischoff. “Obviously, I’m not a goal-scorer, but still to see one go in is always nice. Always good to help the team however you can.”
Bischoff’s goal ignited a fury of attempts by the Wolves who would finish with 14 shots in the final frame – two more than the previous two periods combined.
Ever the offensive phenom, All-Star Tomas Hyka snapped the pass from fellow All-Star Brandon Pirri on net for the go-ahead goal with just 4:35 left on the clock.
Though the Monsters pulled their goaltender with over three minutes remaining in regulation, it was Wade Megan who would take advantage of the situation when he snagged the rebound from Paul Thompson’s shot off Garret Cockerill, who saved the initial empty net goal attempt.
While Bischoff may not see himself as an offensive defenseman, head coach Rocky Thompson sees him making strides in that respect.
“He’s got a promising future as a professional ahead of him. It’s something in his game that is the next phase of his game that we want him to find because we believe he has it is offense. We believe he can bring the offense in his game and it was great for him to get a goal and an assist tonight.”
Kasimir Kaskisuo made 25 saves for his first back-to-back victory as a member of the Chicago Wolves. Thompson really sang the netminder’s praises after his performance.
“Kas[imir Kaskisuo] kept us in [the game] and I think the guys kind of realized in between periods what he was doing and how hard he was playing and it kind of inspired them… he, in my opinion, was the reason we were able to win this hockey game.”
The Chicago Wolves next travel to Tucson to play the Roadrunners Friday and Saturday night. As always, be sure to follow @SinBinWolves on Twitter for current news and game updates.