ROSEMONT, Ill. – Rookie defenseman Vince Dunn and center Wade Megan each netted two goals to help the Chicago Wolves rally for a 4-3 overtime victory against the Iowa Wild on Sunday at Allstate Arena.
Megan’s game-winner 24 seconds into overtime gave the Wolves (33-17-4-3) their fifth consecutive win against the Wild and fourth in a row overall.
Iowa’s Tyler Graovac netted three goals through the second and third period, but the Wild could not hold their 3-1 lead. Dunn and Megan combined for three goals in a 13-minute, 53-second span.
After the Wild (26-23-6-2) controlled play for the majority of the first period, the Wolves opened scoring at 14:36. Kenny Agostino cycled below the Iowa Wild goal line and threw the puck out to Schmaltz at the center point. Screening Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (16-13-6), Megan tipped Schmaltz’s point shot for the 1-0 lead.
Iowa knotted the game 1-1 early in the second session – just 1:37 in – when Graovac chipped a low shot behind Binnington after Grayson Downing flipped a pass through the crease.
Graovac scored again at 16:25 of the same frame for the Wild’s first power-play tally of the series.
Just 34 seconds into the third period, Graovac nabbed his third marker – again on the power play – for a natural hat trick.
However, on the power play, the Wolves pulled within a goal, 3-2, when Dunn blasted a shot from the center point at 6:31.
With less than three minutes to play and Chicago again on the man advantage, the puck squirted out of a scrum in the right offensive corner and directly to Dunn rushing into the slot for a one-time chance that found twine and tied the game.
Just 24 seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime, Megan and Schmaltz rushed up ice. Megan collected a pass from Schmaltz and poked it behind Stalock for the win. Stalock stopped 19 of 23 shots in the loss.
The Wolves return to action at 7 p.m on Saturday, March 4, against the Cleveland Monsters on American Girl Night. The first 5,000 girls to enter Allstate Arena receive a doll outfit. For complete ticket or schedule information, visit ChicagoWolves.com.