Griffins prevail in OT against Wolves

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Wolves lost to the Grand Rapids Griffins by the score of 3-2 in overtime on Tomas Tatar’s persistence in front of the net as he moved the puck back and forth until he found an opening in on Eddie Lack. The goal came on a controversial interference call as players piled in on the net as both teams could’ve been at fault.
Overall the game was played fairly even with good back and forth plays and skating. After one period there was no score. But in the second, for the first time in eight games, the Wolves let their opponent score the first goal. On the four-on-two rush, defenseman Nathan Paetsch received a pass from Tatar and fired it in for the first tally of the game at the 5:24 mark.
The Wolves countered as left wing Brett Sterling stopped the puck in his zone and passed it up to a hard skating Mike Davies. Davies stopped short of the blueline only to watch two defenders crash into the boards leaving him open to get a shot pass to Andrew Gordon who got the puck into the net from the opposite side.
The Griffins took the lead with 3:33 left in the second as captain Jeff Hoggan took his own rebound around and in on to the other side of Lack.
A consolation to the game was that the Wolves did not collapse in the third period. This is the first game since the opener that they did not allow a goal in the final frame. Their special teams also improved as they scored a power play goal in the third to send the game into overtime. The goal came as defenseman Kevin Connauton smacked a shot from the blueline that ever-so-lightly deflected off of the Griffin’s Brian Lashoff and went to the boards and back out only to have it bounce off goaltender Tom McCollum leg and into the net.
McCollom earned the win stopping 29 of 31 shots while Lack goes to 4-2 on 34 saves.
The three stars of the game were Andrew Gordon, who scored his second goal in as many nights, was names the third star; Brett Sterling with two big assists to keep the Wolves in the game garnered the second star; and with the game winner and an assist, the number one star was Tomas Tartar.
The Chicago Wolves now embark on their annual road trip as the circus comes in to the Allstate Arena. The Wolves will have five games on the road in the next three weeks starting up the road in Rockford this coming Friday.
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