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Fast start stops Wolves

Rockford 3 | Chicago 2
Despite goals by Megna and Quinney, Wolves can't erase IceHogs' early lead

The Rockford IceHogs scored three times in the first period and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Wolves in Illinois Lottery Cup action Friday night at the Rockford MetroCentre.

Defenseman Jaycob Megna and center Gage Quinney scored for the Wolves (1-3-0-0), who outshot the IceHogs (1-3-0-0) by a 27-16 margin in the final two periods after Rockford controlled the opening frame.

Rockford built a 3-0 lead in the first period as Dylan Sikura tipped a shot at 5:28, John Quenneville knocked in a short-handed goal at 12:48 and Anton Wedin gathered a loose puck in the right faceoff circle and wired it home at 18:23.

The Wolves dug into Rockford’s lead in the second period on Megna’s first goal in a Chicago sweater at 5:03. Lucas Elvenes collected a pass in the slot, carried it into the corner to lure the defense and then fed Megna at the top of the left circle for a quick shot into an open net.

Quinney pulled the Wolves within 3-2 with 7:52 to go when he flew toward the post and buried Curtis McKenzie’s feed from the goal line.

Wolves goaltender Garret Sparks (1-2-0) posted 30 saves while Rockford’s Collin Delia (1-2-0) stopped 29 shots.