The Wolves (32-17-4-3) and Wild (26-23-5-2) traded first-period goals and the game was tied for 44:24 until Dunn delivered the game-winning marker at 14:45 of the third frame. Goaltender Pheonix Copley (15-6-3) stopped 29 shots to earn the win.1
Center Alex Friesen netted the game’s first tally at 7:31 of the first frame when he carried a pass from Mackenzie MacEachern up the left-wing boards and wired a shot from a sharp angle behind Steve Michalek (10-11-1) for the 1-0 lead.
The Wolves’ lead didn’t last long. From near the left offensive boards, Iowa’s Mike Reilly threw the puck to Tyler Graovac standing at the top of the slot. He lasered a shot over Copley’s left shoulder for the equalizing marker at 10:21.
The Wolves snapped the deadlock when Dunn dove into net-front traffic and left the puck for Andrew Agozzino to take a shot from the left side of the crease. The puck sputtered past Michalek (22 saves) into the crease and, crashing the net, Dunn chipped it into a near-empty cage.
Less than two minutes later, the Wolves pressured and Ellis skated in from the blue line to the top of the right circle for a slap shot that found twine.
Hoping to recoup the set of goals, Iowa pulled its netminder, but Ellis tallied again from the Wolves’ defensive zone into an empty net to give him two goals in 18 seconds.
The Wolves and the Wild return to action on Sunday (Feb. 26) for the second game of a back-to-back set at Allstate Arena. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on CW50. For ticket information or complete 2016-17 game and broadcast schedules, visit ChicagoWolves.com.