The Chicago Wolves dropped a 4-2 contest to the Manitoba Moose at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday night after waiting until late to get the offense rolling.
Forwards Daniel Carr and Curtis McKenzie scored third-period goals for Chicago (27-16-5-1) while goaltender Max Lagace (10-7-3) stopped 25 of 29 shots.
Jansen Harkins, Hunter Fejes, Marko Dano and Michael Spacek scored for Manitoba (23-21-3-2) while netminder Eric Comrie (18-13-2) stopped 20 shots.
Harkins broke open the scoring at the 9:32 mark of the first, slipping around Lagace’s pad as he skated through the crease.
At 13:33 Fejes tipped a shot in front of Lagace to double the lead and send the Moose to the intermission with a 2-0 lead.
Dano added to the lead at the 7:09 mark of the second, potting a goal at the back door, and Spacek made it a 4-0 game with his goal 11:16 into the third period.
Carr broke Comrie’s shutout bid on the power play at the 12:36 point of the third as he redirected a pass from defenseman Erik Brannstrom past the goaltender. Carr’s 26th goal of the year boosted his American Hockey League-leading point total to 61.
McKenzie redirected a rocket from defenseman Dylan Coghlan at 19:33 to cut the Moose lead to 4-2, but Manitoba held off the late charge to take the win.
The Wolves wrap up their four-game road trip with a 7 p.m. game Friday at Manitoba. Head coach Rocky Thompson’s team returns home at 3 p.m. Sunday for a showdown with the Iowa Wild.