23 October 2010

IceHogs Trip Up Wolves, 4-3, in Overtime

Photo by Greg Hamil

ROCKFORD, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves surrendered a two-goal third-period lead en route to dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Rockford IceHogs at the Rockford MetroCentre Saturday night.

Forwards Jason Krog (G, A) and Darren Haydar (2A) notched multiple-points while Andrew Kozek and Nigel Dawes each scored for Chicago.

Rockford right wing Igor Makarov tallied the game-winning overtime goal on the power play with 47 seconds remaining in the extra frame. Center Ryan Potulny took a shot from the near circle, which Makarov redirected from the top of the crease past Wolves goaltender Drew MacIntyre.

Chicago (3-2-1-0) opened scoring on the power-play 1:45 into the game when Krog fired a slap shot from the far circle past a screened IceHogs netminder Hannu Toivonen.

The Wolves increased their lead to 2-0, at 14:32 of the middle frame. Center Andre Deveaux won a face-off back to defenseman Boris Valabik, who flung a shot from the point that was blocked by a Rockford defender. Kozek picked up the loose puck in the slot and flung it past Toivonen.

Rockford (4-3-0-0) cut the deficit to 2-1 when they potted a short-handed goal just over two minutes later. Right wing Ben Smith collected a loose puck in the slot and ripped a shot past MacIntyre, top shelf.

The Wolves regained their two goal cushion at 3:06 of the third period when Krog found a trailing Dawes on a three-on-two rush, who wristed a shot past Toivonen, top shelf.

Toivonen (1-2-0) kicked out 23 shots.

Rockford closed to within 3-2 when Rob Kilnkhammer redirected a Chris DiDomineco shot past MacIntyre at 5:04 of the final frame.

IceHogs defender Ivan Vishnevskiy evened things up with a five-on-three power-play tally at 11:51 of the third period when he blasted a one-timer from the near circle past MacIntyre.

MacIntyre (0-2-0) stopped 29 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime.

The Wolves host the Milwaukee Admirals in an Amtrak Rivalry game at the Allstate Arena Sunday at 3 p.m.

Chicago 1 1 1 0-- 3
Rockford 0 1 2 1-- 4

First Period---1, Chicago, Krog 1 (Postma, Haydar), 1:45 pp. Penalties---Beach, Rockford (delay of game), 1:15; Huxley, Chicago (fighting), 2:39; Hagel, Rockford (fighting), 2:39; Machacek, Chicago (fighting), 3:29; Beach, Rockford (fighting), 3:29; Bollig, Rockford (elbowing), 5:01; Bollig, Rockford (hooking), 12:26; Aliu, Chicago (cross-checking), 14:33.

Second Period---2, Chicago, Kozek 1 (Valabik, Deveaux), 14:32; 3, Rockford, Smith 1 (Klinkhammer), 16:44 sh. Penalties---Valabik, Chicago (high-sticking), 2:32; Siklenka, Chicago (roughing), 6:29; Beach, Rockford (roughing), 6:29; Huxley, Chicago (boarding, fighting), 11:36; Stanton, Rockford (instigating, fighting, misconduct), 11:36; Exelby, Rockford (boarding), 14:53; Aliu, Chicago (roughing), 17:44; Kulda, Chicago (high-sticking), 17:44; Beach, Rockford (roughing), 17:44.

Third Period---4, Chicago, Dawes 1 (Haydar, Krog), 3:06; 5, Rockford, Klinkhammer 3 (DiDomenico, Connelly), 5:04; 6, Rockford, Vishnevskiy 1 (Connelly, Potulny), 11:51 pp. Penalties---Dawes, Chicago (tripping), 3:41; Taffe, Rockford (roughing), 4:51; Welch, Chicago (holding), 5:24; Kulda, Chicago (hooking), 9:56; Siklenka, Chicago (hooking), 11:22; Toivonen, Rockford (tripping), 15:39.

Overtime---7, Rockford, Mararov 2 (Potulny, Connelly), 4:13 pp. Penalties---Siklenka, Chicago (hooking), 3:55.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 7-8-11-0--26. Rockford: 14-9-8-2--33. Power plays---Chicago: 1-6. Rockford: 2-8. Goalies--Chicago, MacIntyre (29-33). Rockford, Toivonen (23-26). A---4,214. Referee---Shaun Davis. Linesmen---Mike Hamilton and Al Stensland.