DES MOINES, IOWA – The Chicago Wolves dropped their third of last four games Wednesday night, this time 5-2 to the Iowa Wild at Wells Fargo Arena. Both Beau Bennett and Maxime Lagace left the game injured within a minute of one another in the second period.
Though the Wolves would jump out to a 9-4 shots on goal advantage in the first, the two teams took a scoreless tie into the first intermission. Brennan Menell opened the night’s scoring halfway through the second as he dangled around a Wolves defensemen en route to putting one past Lagace.
Pavel Jenys then took advantage of a bad giveaway at the blue line for his first goal. Lagace had been injured just moments earlier, and after deciding to try and play through the undisclosed injury, left after allowing the second goal. Bennett, who had missed the two previous games with whiplash-like neck stiffness, would follow his goaltender down the tunnel just seconds later. His absence left the Wolves without three of their top six forwards – Teemu Pulkkinen was scratched with the flu, while Brandon Pirri was back home with his wife who had just given birth to their first child.
Kasimir Kaskisuo took over in net for the Wolves and the Wild took a 2-0 lead into the locker room after forty minutes.
Brett Sterling got one back for the visitors just 50 seconds into the third when he beat Niklas Svedberg shortside for his ninth of the season. The one-goal deficit would stand for just 48 seconds when Zack Mitchell snagged a failed clear attempt from T.J. Tynan and had a wide-open net.
Sam Anas continued to prove why he has been a thorn in the Wolves’ side all season as he gave the home team a 4-1 lead. Sterling recorded his second of the night with just under five minutes to go, recording his power-play goal when he chipped the puck in past Svedberg.
Though Rocky Thompson pulled Kaskisuo with 3:40 remaining on the clock, the Wolves were not able to further chip away at the Wild’s lead. Landon Ferraro sealed his team’s win with an empty-net goal and the Wolves finished their four-game road trip with just two points.
The Wolves had 34 shots on net but have fallen to 19-15-5-2 on the season.
The Chicago Wolves next face the Bakersfield Condors at home Saturday night with a 7 p.m. puck drop. As always, be sure to follow @SinBinWolves on Twitter for current team news and game updates.