ROCKFORD, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves three goal second period held off the Rockford Icehogs in a 6-2 victory Saturday night at the Rockford Metrocentre.
Right wing Mark Mancari collected two goals and recorded his 400th AHL career point in helping the Wolves earn the victory.
Rockford (21-24-1-4) opened up scoring at 6:05 of the first period on a power play when left wing Rostislav Olsez took a slapshot from the top of the slot when his dropped down and slid passed Chicago goaltender Matt Climie and into the back of the net.
Chicago (27-18-1-3) tied up the score 1-1 when forward Tim Miller’s slapshot hit a Rockford opponent’s stick and forward Michael Davies tapped home the rebound at 14:32.
Mancari scored his first of the night at 16:04 when he sent the puck passed IceHogs netminder Carter Hutton after receiving a backhanded pass from center Steve Reinprecht.
Rockford evened out the score 2-2 when defenseman Shawn Lalonde’s slapshot collided with Climie’s right shoulder and slid into the net 1:02 of the second period.
Climie (15-7-0) stopped 39 of 41 shots on goal.
Wolves forward Nathan Longpre took back the lead at 5:49 when he received a pass from Davies and drilled a shot top shelf. The Wolves doubled their lead with their second goal in 10 seconds when Stefan Schnieder picked up a loose puck in the crease and taped the puck into the back of the net and past Hutton and sending the Rockford netminder to the bench.
Hutton (10-8-1) stopped 15 of 20 shots in 28:23 of action before giving way to Alexander Salak, who thwarted all 15 shots he faced in 31:03 of action.
Mancari scored his second goal of the night when he shot through three Rockford opponents and scored after receiving an assist from Reinprecht at 8:23 of the second period.
Left wing Antoine Roussel closed out scoring with a short-handed empty-net tally at 16:51 of the third period.
The Wolves return home to the Allstate Arena to battle it out against the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Chicago 2 3 1 6
Peoria 1 1 0 2
First Period---1, Rockford, Olesz 11 (Youds, LeBlanc), 6:05 pp; 2, Chicago, Miller 14 (Polasek, Matheson), 14:32; 3, Chicago, Mancari 19 (Reinprecht, Matheson), 16:04. Penalties---Clackson, Chicago (fighting), 3:22; Bollig, Rockford (fighting), 3:22; Haydar, Chicago (tripping), 5:39.
Second Period---4, Rockford, Lalonde 3 (LeBlanc, Hayes), 1:02; 5, Chicago, Longpre 8 (Davies, Matheson), 5:49; 6, Chicago, Schneider 4 (Roussel, Tanev) 5:59; 7, Chicago, Mancari 20 (Reinprecht, Rodin) 8:23. Penalties---Connauton, Chicago (boarding), 10:06; Segal, Rockford (slashing), 10:17; Lalonde, Rockford (tripping), 11:44; Pirri, Rockford (tripping), 14:38;
Third Period---8, Chicago, Roussel 3, 16:51 EN/SH. Penalties---Clackson, Chicago (roughing), 2:33; Roussel, Chicago (slashing), 2:33; Roussel, Chicago (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:33; Bollig, Rockford (roughing), 2:33; Youds, Rockford (unsportsmanlike condut), 2:33; Froese, Rockford (delay of game), 6:05; Flick, Rockford (boarding), 9:30; Miller, Chicago (fighting), 11:38; Youds, Rockford (fighting), 11:38; Mancari, Chicago (tripping), 15:39; Clackson, Chicago (misconduct), 18:49; Schneider, Chicago (roughing), 18:49; Bollig, Rockford (misconduct-unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:49.
Shots on goal---Chicago: 12-15-9--36. Rockford: 9-14-18--41. Power plays---Chicago: 0-5. Rockford: 1-5. Goalies--Chicago, Climie (41-39). Rockford, Hutton (20-15). A---6,164. Referee---Joe Sullivan. Linesmen---Aaron Mills and Peter Cichy.