Right wing Tim Stapleton netted the game-winner for Chicago (23-16-0-2), while Wolves netminder Peter Mannino (10-3-0) thwarted 32 of 33 shots to backstop the Wolves to their season-high fifth straight win. Left wing Brett Sterling also tallied for Chicago.
Left wing Stefan Meyer opened the scoring for San Antonio (17-19-3-2) at 3:40 of the first period. Defensemen Sean Sullivan intercepted a pass by a Wolves defenseman and dished it across to Meyer, who slid a shot through Mannino’s five-hole.
Sterling evened up the score for the Wolves on a breakaway at 14:37 of the second period. Sterling picked up the puck off a turnover in the Rampage offensive zone and skated up the ice before wristing a shot, top-shelf, into the far corner.
Stapleton put Chicago on top, 2-1, at 11:57 of the third period. Crossing the goal line, right wing Joey Crabb sent a backhanded pass across the ice and into the crease, where a streaking Stapleton shoved the puck past Rampage goaltender Josh Tordjman.
Tordjman (9-10-0) posted 38 saves for the Rampage.
The Wolves return to action against the Rivermen at the Allstate Arena on Sun., Jan. 17, at 3 p.m.
Chicago 0 1 1 -- 2
San Antonio 1 0 0 -- 1
First Period---1, San Antonio, Meyer 4 (Sullivan), 3:40. Penalties---Sipotz, Chicago (delay of game), 7:37; Oystrick, Chicago (fighting), 14:12; Morgan, San Antonio (fighting), 14:12; Zimmerman, San Antonio (elbowing), 20:00.
Second Period---2, Chicago, Sterling 22 (unassisted), 14:37. Penalties---Kaip, Chicago (hooking), 3:49; Welch, Chicago (boarding), 10:27; Sterling, Chicago (unsportmanlike conduct), 12:27; Doell, Chicago (goaltender interference, fighting), 12:55; Heshka, San Antonio (tripping), 12:55; Porter, San Antonio (fighting), 12:55; Sterling, Chicago (roughing), 16:25.
Third Period---3, Chicago, Stapleton 18 (Crabb, Anderson), 11:57. Penalties---MacLean, San Antonio (roughing), 2:20; Sipotz, Chicago (delay of game), 7:58.
Shots on goal---Chicago: 9-17-14--40. San Antonio: 12-11-10--33. Power plays---Chicago: 0-2. San Antonio: 0-6. Goalies--Chicago, Goalie (32-33). San Antonio, Goalie (38-40). A---8,278. Referee---Zac Wiebe. Linesmen---Carl Sasyn and Sean Finn.