Rookie goaltender Beck Warm rejected 37 shots and Ryan Suzuki scored his first professional goal as the Chicago Wolves stayed undefeated with a 3-2 road victory over the Rockford IceHogs Tuesday night.
Forwards Anthony Richard and Phil Tomasino joined Suzuki in the scoring column as the Wolves became the second American Hockey League team to jump out to a 5-0-0-0 start. The 21-year-old Warm earned his second win in as many pro starts.
Richard gave the Wolves the lead for good just 1:21 into the night. Center Tommy Novak chipped a pass ahead to set up a 2-on-1 rush for Richard, who roared down the right side and fired a wrister past Rockford goaltender Matt Tomkins (32 saves).
The 19-year-old Suzuki earned his first pro goal at 12:55 of the first to give Chicago a 2-0 advantage. Defenseman Joey Keane launched a rocket from the point that Tomkins parried, but Richard chased down the rebound and slid a pass across the slot to the wide-open Suzuki for a quick smash into the net on the power play.
Tomasino pushed Chicago’s lead to 3-0 at 13:32 of the second as Jarvis triggered a breakout by banking a pass ahead to David Cotton. Blessed with a 2-on-1 advantage as he entered the offensive zone, Cotton backhanded a pass to Tomasino racing down the slot and the 19-year-old flipped it home top-shelf.
Warm stopped the first 28 shots he faced, but Rockford’s Chris Wilkie and Isaak Phillips scored 19 seconds apart to pull the IceHogs within 3-2 with 12:40 left in regulation. Rockford (0-3-1-0) enjoyed two more power-play opportunities, but the Wolves finished 5 for 5 on the penalty kill.
The Wolves host the Iowa Wild at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chicago Wolves Training Facility in Hoffman Estates.
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