ROCKFORD, IL – The Chicago Wolves’ winning streak was stopped at six with a loss Friday night against the Rockford IceHogs in overtime 3-2 at BMO Harris Bank Center.
Alexandre Fortin scored just 41 seconds into the contest as he beat two defensemen en route to taking advantage of a challenging Maxime Lagace for his second goal of the year. Just when it appeared as if the IceHogs would carry the lead into intermission, Brandon Pirri tied the game with 1:15 left on the clock on a delayed penalty. IceHogs goaltender Jeff Glass was unable to corral the puck in front of the net, and three Wolves players poked away until Pirri put it in.
Chicago would take the lead halfway through the second period after Chris Casto blocked a puck in front of the net and it jumped out to Tobias Lindberg, who scored on the breakaway for his third. Before the Wolves’ winning streak began, Lindberg did not have a goal on the season.
Though the IceHogs were staring down a 2-1 deficit entering the third, David Kampf scored 39 seconds into the period. He took advantage of a series of rebounds and eventually found success to tie the game for his team early.
The IceHogs outshot the Wolves by five shots in the final frame and had numerous opportunities to end it, but the game needed extra time for a decision.
After the two teams traded chances in overtime, Darren Raddysh gave his team the extra point with just 24 seconds remaining as he tipped the centering pass from Matthew Highmore past Lagace. Lagace is now 4-0-1 since his return from Vegas.
The Wolves had four chances on the power play to win it, but their struggles on the man advantage continued.
Friday’s loss stopped the Wolves’ win streak at six, but they ride a seven-game point streak into the holiday break.
The Chicago Wolves next play Wednesday, December 27 at the Milwaukee Admirals. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. As always, be sure to follow @SinBinWolves on Twitter for current news and game updates.