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Wolves’ comeback falls short in Utica

November 14, 2014

UTICA, N.Y. — The Chicago Wolves looked to complete the two-game sweep of the league-leading Utica Comets but were thwarted by a late goal as they fell 4-3 Friday night at Utica Memorial Auditorium.

 

UTICA, N.Y. — The Chicago Wolves looked to complete the two-game sweep of the league-leading Utica Comets but were thwarted by a late goal as they fell 4-3 Friday night at Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Wolves (9-3-2-0) rallied twice with goals from forwards Pat Cannone and Ty Rattie and defenseman Petteri Lindbohm but saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

After being blanked by the Wolves on Wednesday, the Comets (11-2-2-0) wasted no time getting on the board as right wing Brandon DeFazio converted a penalty shot 32 seconds into the game. After being hooked up on a breakaway, he beat Matt Climie one-on-one for the early lead.

Chicago did not sit back, outshooting Utica 13-7 in the opening frame and then knotting the score 1:36 into the second period. Cannone went to the front of the net to screen goaltender Jacob Markstrom and redirected defenseman Chris Butler’s hard shot from the point to tie it 1-1.

Utica regained the lead with two quick goals at 9:29 and 11:54 in the second period. Left wing Hunter Shinkaruk put his own rebound past Climie to make it 2-1 and right wing Alexandre Grenier potted a power-play tally for the two-goal lead.

The Wolves clawed back with two tallies in the third period. Lindbohm started the rally five minutes in when he pinched in from the point to blast a shot through traffic and past Markstrom to make it 3-2. Not long after, Chicago’s leading scorer, Rattie, tipped defenseman Brent Sopel’s shot five-hole to tie it up.

The momentum Chicago gained from the rally was halted with 3:38 remaining, however, when a bad bounce put Utica ahead. Shinkaruk collected his second of the night when his dump in from the blue line evaded Climie’s glove for the game-winning goal.

Climie (5-2-1) finished the night with 27 stops while Markstrom (7-0-1) remained perfect in regulation with 29 saves.

Chicago’s nine-game road trip continues at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Rochester. The Wolves return to Allstate Arena on Saturday, Nov. 22, for Epilepsy Awareness Night, presented by Heidenhain, featuring a free commemorative Wendell Young T-shirt for the first 2,500 fans. To save money on Flex Packs or Howliday season specials, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com

COMETS 4, WOLVES 3

Chicago 0 1 2 — 3

Utica 1 2 1 — 4

First Period—1, Utica, DeFazio 5 (unassisted), 0:32 ps. Penalties—Lain, Utica (hooking), 6:58; Beach, Chicago (charging), 18:55; Beach, Chicago (fighting), 18:55; Corrado, Chicago (fighting), 18:55.

Second Period—2, Chicago, Cannone 5 (Butler, Fraser), 1:36; 3, Utica, Shinkaruk 3 (O’Reilly, DeFazio), 9:29; 4, Utica, Grenier 4 (Faunce, O’Reilly), 11:54 pp. Penalties—Veilleux, Chicago (crosschecking), 4:35; Jaskin, Chicago (roughing), 6:50; Veilleux, Chicago (roughing), 6:50; Archibald, Utica (roughing), 6:50; Lain, Utica (roughing), 6:50; Beach, Chicago (roughing), 10:51; Lindbohm, Chicago (delay of game), 12:10.

Third Period—5, Chicago, Lindbohm 3 (Bordson, Sopel), 5:05; 6, Chicago, Rattie 7 (Sopel, Cannone), 11:50; 7, Utica, Shinkaruk 4 (Lafranchise), 16:22. Penalties—Hamilton, Utica (boarding), 8:04; Fraser, Chicago (misconduct), 20:00.

Shots on goal—Chicago: 13-9-10—32; Utica: 7-15-9—31. Power plays— Chicago 0-2; Utica 1-4. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (27-31); Utica, Markstrom (29-32). A—3,815. Referee—Chris Brown. Linesmen—Matt Brady and Francis Trempe.