ROSEMONT, Ill.—The Chicago Wolves continued their five-game homestand with a 3-2 victory over the Texas Stars on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena.
Rocco Grimaldi scored the game-winner in the third period, Max Comtois had a goal and an assist, Matt Donovan also tallied and Chris Terry added two assists to help the Wolves snap a four-game losing skid with the triumph over the Central Division-leading Stars.
“We finally got off to a good start and we kept going and battling,” said Wolves goaltender Keith Kinkaid, who earned the win with 24 saves. “Their goalie (Remi Poirier) played unbelievable and we just found a way to just get that extra one. Then we played great team defense and blocked shots and the PK (3-for-3) was super strong (Tuesday night).”
Texas got on the board first on a score Nick Caamano midway through the opening period.
In the early stages of the second, Comtois knotted the score at 1-1 on a highlight-reel play. Terry took a pass from his fellow forward, broke into the Stars zone with his teammate, deked around a defenseman and fed Comtois, who banged home his seventh goal of the season with a shot past the glove of Poirier. Tory Dello also picked up an assist on the score.
After Matthew Seminoff put the Stars back in front, the Wolves again tied it. This time, Donovan swept in and shoveled in a rebound of a Terry shot by Poirier (32 saves) to the stick side. Terry and Comtois were awarded assists on Donovan’s second goal of the season.
Grimaldi’s AHL-leading 19th goal of the season put the Wolves out in front 3-2 just past the midway point of the third period. The veteran winger took a feed from Josh Melnick from behind the Stars net and sent a one-timer over Poirier’s left shoulder.
The Wolves improved to 9-15-3-2 on the season while Texas dropped to 18-8-2-1.
“The past few weeks we’ve been seeing better results,” Kinkaid said. “We have the team, we just have to commit to our starts and the last minutes of periods and commit to our defense. You see our scoring—we can score in an instant.”
Next up: The Wolves host the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday night (7 p.m.) at Allstate Arena.
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