CLEVELAND, Ohio — A night that started off as a celebration turned sour as the Chicago Wolves fell 3-2 to the Lake Erie Monsters on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A night that started off as a celebration turned sour as the Chicago Wolves fell 3-2 to the Lake Erie Monsters on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The team began the evening by honoring defenseman Brent Sopel, who skated in his 1,000th regular-season game as a professional. But, following early goals by forwards John McCarthy and Philip McRae, the tides turned in Lake Erie’s favor.

The Wolves (13-7-3-0) got off to a hot start as McCarthy notched his first of the season 6:29 into the game. McCarthy broke on a 2-on-1 rush with Yannick Veilleux and used the winger as his decoy, firing a shot top-shelf past Lake Erie goaltender Calvin Pickard’s glove.

McRae gave the visitors a 2-0 lead later in the period on a power play. Defenseman Petteri Lindbohm threaded the forward a pass just above the faceoff dot, from where he rifled a puck high and in at 13:49.

Lake Erie (8-8-2-2) took over the game after that, scoring the next three goals to grab its first lead of the game and the season series. The Monsters got on the board quickly after Chicago’s second goal when forward Daniel Maggio scored off a bad angle that eluded goaltender Matt Climie.

Late in the opening frame, Lake Erie got the equalizer. Defenseman Markus Lauridsen took an innocent shot from high in the zone deflected off a player in front and snuck inside the far post at 18:57 to go into first intermission tied 2-2.

A turnover gave center Colin Smith the puck and the home team the lead early in the second period. Right wing Kenny Ryan fed a pass to the crease for Smith, who had snuck behind the defensemen to Climie’s blind spot for the easy tap-in and eventual game-winner 2:50 into the middle frame.

Despite outshooting their opponents, the Wolves could not find the late tying goal and saw their two-game winning streak snapped. Climie (7-5-2) stopped 20 saves in the effort while Pickard (4-4-3) kicked out 24 shots.

The Wolves remain in Cleveland for a rematch against Lake Erie at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Chicago returns to Allstate Arena for their first School-Day Game of the season on Dec. 17 when they host Adirondack in an 11 a.m. matchup. To get the best deals on tickets, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

MONSTERS 3, WOLVES 2

Chicago 2 0 0 — 2

Lake Erie 2 1 0 — 3

First Period—1, Chicago, McCarthy 1 (unassisted), 6:29; 2, Chicago, McRae 6 (Lindbohm, Jaskin), 13:49 pp; 3, Lake Erie, Maggio 1 (Heard), 14:13; 4, Lake Erie, Lauridsen 3 (Henley, Schumacher), 18:57. Penalties—Elliott, Lake Erie (tripping), 12:47; Agozzino, Lake Erie (high-sticking), 16:20.

Second Period—5, Lake Erie, Smith 5 (Ryan, Cheek), 2:50. Penalties—McRae, Chicago (interference), 0:10; Rattie, Chicago (roughing), 11:52; Agozzino, Lake Erie (holding), 11:52; Bench, Lake Erie (too many men), 13:11; Corbett, Lake Erie (interference), 17:27.

Third Period—None. Penalties—Jaskin, Chicago (boarding), 0:32; Henley, Lake Erie (high-sticking), 8:11; Beaupre, Lake Erie (delay of game), 16:43.

Shots on goal—Chicago: 7-12-7—26; Lake Erie: 10-9-4—23. Power plays— Chicago 1-6; Lake Erie 0-2. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (20-23); Lake Erie, Pickard (24-26). A—3,634. Referees—Trevor Hanson and Jamie Koharski. Linesmen—Brendan Lewis and Brian Wisner.