16 November 2012

Wolves Earn Point In 3-2 OT Loss To Peoria

PEORIA, Ill.---Two third-period goals in 25 seconds allowed the Chicago Wolves to force overtime against the Peoria Rivermen Friday night, but the visitors fell 3-2 in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest at Carver Arena.

Right wing Guillaume Desbiens and center Steve Pinizzotto scored for the Wolves in the third to help Chicago (7-4-2-0) earn a point in the standings.

Peoria (4-7-2-1) got scoring started early, when defenseman Mark Cundari fired a point shot that left wing Evgeny Grachev redirected over Chicago goaltender Eddie Lack’s stick at 5:41.

Then it was center Phil McRae lighting the lamp for Peoria while on the power play, tipping a puck left loose in front of Lack into the mesh at 4:34 in the second frame.

Lack (6-3-0) stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime.

In the third, Desbiens got the Wolves on the board by batting a puck out of the air and into the net behind Rivermen netminder Jake Allen at 6:39. Pinizzotto followed up with the equalizer 25 seconds later, swatting a puck into the mesh at 7:04.

Allen (4-7-1) posted 35 saves in regulation and overtime.

Knotted at two, the teams headed to overtime where McRae pocketed his second goal of the night on a rifle past Lack at 4:34 to give Peoria the win.

Chicago hosts the Rivermen at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the AllState Arena.

Chicago 0 0 2 0 -- 2

Peoria 1 1 0 1 -- 3

First Period---1, Peoria, Grachev 2 (Cundari, Sonne), 5:41. Penalties---Desbiens, Chicago (slashing), 3:39; Chomey, Peoria (Holding), 15:56.

Second Period---2, Peoria, McRae 2 (Regner, Wannstrom), 4:34 pp. Penalties---Haydar, Chicago (hooking), 3:29; Friesen, Chicago (fighting), 10:15; Cundari, Peoria (charging), 10:15; Cundari, Peoria (fighting), 10:15; Friesen, Chicago (interference), 16:22.

Third Period---3, Chicago, Desbiens 1 (Gordon), 6:39; 4, Chicago, Pinizzotto 3 (Connauton, Matheson), 7:04; Penalties---Peluso, Peoria (tripping), 8:05

Overtime---5, Peoria, McRae 3 (Cole), 4:34. Penalties---None.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 15-10-11-1—37; Peoria: 10-14-4-2—30. Power plays---Chicago 0-3; Peoria 1-3. Goalies—Chicago, Lack (27-30),

Peoria, Allen (35-37). A---4,338. Referee---Tom Chmielewski.

Linesmen---Dan Cohen and Jesse Pletsch.