ROSEMONT, Ill. – Ty Rattie delivered 2 goals while Chris Butler and Justin Selman added tallies to lead the Chicago Wolves to a 4-2 victory over the Iowa Wild on Saturday night before 14,312 fans at Allstate Arena.
Goaltender Jordan Binnington posted 24 saves as the Wolves capped their 22nd season with three wins in their final four games, but never regained the rhythm established during their 8-1-0-1 start.
“Extremely disappointed, especially the way we started off,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “So many injuries. So many changes. It just caught up to us and we couldn’t regroup.”
Rattie opened the scoring 26 seconds into the second period. Jordan Caron corralled the puck along the left-wing boards, carried near the goal line and centered a pass to Rattie in the slot. He held the puck and forced goaltender Leland Irving to drop to the ice before lofting it home for his 16th goal of the year.
Iowa (24-41-5-6) evened the score at 1-1 on rookie forward Mario Lucia’s power-play goal from the slot at 9:35 of the second.
Chicago (33-35-5-3) regained the lead at 12:36 of the second on Butler’s blast from just inside the blue line that rose over Irving’s glove. Jacob Doty and Evan Trupp set up Butler’s fourth tally of the season.
Iowa answered again as Conor Allen capped an odd-man rush by wristing home a shot at 14:45.
Rattie capped the second period the same way he started it as he blistered a slap shot from above the right circle to give the Wolves a 3-2 lead at 18:07. Jordan Schmaltz and Jeremy Welsh worked the puck to Rattie at the right point for the power-play tally.
Selman earned the Wolves some insurance with 2:30 to go when he delivered his first goal as a professional. He accepted a pass from Bryce Gervais ahead of the pack and raced in to slide the puck past Irving for a 4-2 lead.
Binnington (17-18-5) wrapped his season with a victory while Irving (12-22-6) notched 24 saves in the loss.
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WOLVES 4, WILD 2
Iowa 0 2 0 — 2
Chicago 0 3 1 — 4
First Period—None. Penalties—Allen, Iowa (roughing), 5:15; Veilleux, Chicago (roughing), 5:15; Welsh, Chicago (high-sticking double-minor), 9:41; Caron, Chicago (hooking), 17:15; Hagel, Iowa (tripping), 17:57.
Second Period—1, Chicago, Rattie 16 (Caron, Schmaltz), 0:26; 2, Iowa, Lucia 2 (Gabriel, Petan), 9:35 pp; 3, Chicago, Butler 4 (Doty, Trupp), 12:36; 4, Iowa, Allen 3 (Saracino, Bordson), 14:45; 5, Chicago, Rattie 17 (Schmaltz, Welsh), 18:07 pp. Penalties—Lucia, Iowa (hooking), 1:04; Veilleux, Chicago (hooking), 8:26; Bordson, Iowa (hooking), 16:25; Caron, Chicago (slashing), 19:32.
Third Period—6, Chicago, Selman 1 (Gervais, Benoit), 17:30. Penalties—Schmaltz, Chicago (hooking), 6:07; Finley, Iowa (interference), 11:33.
Shots on goal—Iowa 7-6-13—26; Chicago 11-13-4—28. Power plays—Iowa 1-6; Chicago 1-4. Goalies—Iowa, Irving (24-28); Chicago, Binnington (24-26). Referees—Jon McIsaac and Andrew Thackaberry. Linesmen—Brandon Gawryletz and Ian McCambridge.