ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Iowa Wild held a 3-2 lead heading into the third period, but the Chicago Wolves scored three unanswered goals to earn a 5-3 victory. Stefan Noesen led the comeback, scoring a hat trick, and the Wolves scored three power-play goals in the contest. Iowa got a goal and an assist from Mitchell Chaffee, while Mason Shaw had two assists.
The Wild jumped out to the lead just 42 seconds into the contest when Chaffee scored his 11th goal of the season. Shaw passed the puck to Chaffee, who quickly fired a wrist shot by Pyotr Kochetkov to give Iowa a 1-0 lead.
The Wolves responded with a pair of power-play goals to take the lead. The first came at 5:15 when Andrew Poturalski passed the puck to Josh Leivo, who buried a one-timer by Zane McIntyre for his eighth tally of the year. Almost 10 minutes later, Noesen recorded his first goal of the game. Joey Keane took a shot that Noesen redirected by McIntyre for his 24th goal of the season.
With 1:36 left in the frame, the Wild used the power-play to tie the score. Shaw took a shot that Kochetkov saved, but Adam Beckman collected the rebound and put it in for his eighth goal of the year.
The Wild retook the lead, scoring an early goal in the second. At 1:39, Jon Lizotte moved the puck to Kyle Rau in the slot, who lifted a backhander past Kochetkov for his 13th goal of the year, making it 3-2.
The one-goal lead would hold through the second intermission, but Chicago dominated the third period, scoring three tallies in the frame. Noesen tied the score at 4:50. Leivo passed the puck to Noesen, who moved across the slot before lifting a backhand shot by McIntyre. At 7:52, the Wolves took the lead for good with their third power-play goal of the game. Poturalski passed the puck back to the point to Keane, who blasted a slapshot that beat the Wild netminder. Noesen added an empty-net tally with 45 seconds left to close out the 5-2 victory.
McIntyre stopped 35 shots, dropping to 7-5-1. Keane had a goal and two assists, and Poturalski had three assists for Chicago. Leivo had a goal and an assist.
These teams will square off again on Sunday afternoon. The puck drops at 3:00.
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