Chicago Wolves defenseman Griffin Reinhart forced extra time with his goal late in the third period, but the Grand Rapids Griffins took the game, 4-3, with a goal 2:36 into overtime on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.
Forwards Tyler Wong and Keegan Kolesar staked the Wolves (10-5-2-1) to a 2-0 lead after one period, but the Griffins (9-7-0-2) tied it up with two goals late in the second period before taking the lead with a goal midway through the third.
“I thought it was a really good game,” said Wolves head coach Rocky Thompson. “We ran into an amazing goaltending performance. We had a lot of good scoring chances that their goaltender did a really good job of keeping out.”
Wong opened the scoring at 9:55 of the first period with his second goal of the season, tipping a shot from Reinhart at the point after the defenseman faked to open up a lane to the net.
Kolesar doubled the lead 16:40 into the game, redirecting a high shot from defenseman Jake Bischoff down and between goaltender Harri Sateri’s blocker and the post.
Reinhart sent the game into extra time with his short-handed goal at the 14:22 mark of the third period. Forward T.J. Tynan and Kolesar raced down the ice on a two-on-one break when Tynan set up Reinhart perfectly to send the puck past Sateri to knot the game at three apiece.
Grand Rapids defenseman Filip Hronek scored the game-winner at 2:36 of overtime as he led a 2-on-1 charge.
Sateri (6-5-0) made 27 saves in the win while Wolves goaltender Oscar Dansk (6-3-2) stopped 27 of 31 shots on the night.
The Wolves return to Allstate Arena at 3 p.m. Sunday for an Illinois Lottery Cup clash with the Rockford IceHogs. It’s a Family Sunday, which means the first 1,000 kids through the doors receive a free Disney On Ice admission ticket.