The Calder Cup playoffs are almost here.
The Chicago Wolves, going to their 18 playoffs in 23 seasons, have put together a remarkable season. With just four games left to go, the Wolves are gearing up for what should be a deep playoff run.
Jake Walman got the Chicago Wolves on the board at 8:41 into the game. Kenny Agostino, who was named to the AHL First All-Star team along with Wade Megan, set up Walman with a cross ice pass to the opposite circle. And with a screen in front of the net by Andrew Agozzino, Walman put home his second goal of the season. But after that, the first period was all Wild.
Wild RW Zach Mitchell tied the game up with a powerplay goal at 10:31. Then, the Wild scored two unanswered goals in the final minutes, Ryan Carter at 18:22 and Tyler Graovac at 19:44, to put the Wild up 3-1. A lackluster first period by the Wolves is something not seen too often.
Both teams were scoreless in the second period. The Wolves has chances, particularly three power plays in the middle frame. Wade Megan got a stick up high, drawing a four minute minor penalty but the Wolves were unable to capitalize. The Wolves defense improved, allowing only five shots in the period.
Down 3-1 heading into the third, the Wolves were in need of a comeback. And Bryce Gervais got it started with a wrister stick side of Alex Stalock at 3:32. Gervais netted his 13th goal of the season, tying Vince Dunn for 4th on the team in goals.
And just when you thought the Wolves powerplay was not going to generate anything, Andrew Agozzino (17) knotted the game at three just nine seconds into the man advantage at 10:14. Megan and Agostino picked up the assists, their second of the night.
Three periods was not enough to decide this one. The Wolves finished with 38 shots on net in regulation, 19 coming in the third period. The Wild had 21 and only 11 in the final two periods.
And just 1:01 into overtime, Petteri Lindbohm scored the game-winner for the Wolves, his 8th of the season. Lindbohm drove to the net and got it by Stalock’s right pad.
The Wolves completed the comeback and got the win, putting them in first place in the Central Division. The Grand Rapids Griffins lost to the Monsters 4-0 Saturday night, but the Wolves needed the win to stay in first.
The Chicago Wolves are back on the ice Sunday afternoon at home against the last place Rockford IceHogs.