Comeback Attempt Comes Up Short in SO

Photos courtesy of Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
The Monsters scored three unanswered goals in the second and third periods, erasing a three-goal Wolves lead, to send Sunday's game in Chicago into extra time, eventually falling 5-4 in an 8-man shootout. Darren Haydar, Brian Fahey, Kevin Porter and Phil Dupuis scored in regulation for the Monsters. Goalie John Grahame had 29 saves on 33 shots and stopped four of eight in the shootout.

Wolves goaltender Peter Mannino kicked out 17 of 21 shots he faced in regulation and overtime and stopped five of eight Lake Erie attempts in the shootout to collect his season-high 13th straight win.

Left wing Andrew Kozek notched two goals for Chicago in regulation, while right wing Spencer Machacek added three assists. Forwards Kevin Doell, Jason Krog, Matt Anderson and Kozek converted in the shootout to help the Wolves to victory.

Chicago jumped out to a 1-0 lead, 7:07 into the first period. Right wing Joey Crabb backhanded a pass to Tim Stapleton, who moved into the slot and threaded a through traffic, which Anderson got his stick on to deflect past Grahame.

Haydar got the Monsters on the board at 14:16 of the opening frame when he stole the puck from a Wolves player in front of the net, threw it back to Justin Mercier, who one-timed it back to Haydar for a quick flip up over Mannino’s shoulder and into the net.

Chicago regained a one-goal lead, 2-1, heading into the second intermission with a goal from defenseman Grant Lewis. The blueliner wound up and cranked a shot from the blueline, which deflected off of traffic in front of the net and skipped past Grahame.

Kozek gave the Wolves a 3-1 lead at 4:15 of the second period. Machacek stripped a Lake Erie player of the puck behind the Wolves net, moved to the side and sent a pass across to Kozek, who banged it into the open right side of the net.

Kozek bagged his second of the game with 6:50 left in the middle frame when he flung a shot straight down the slot that beat Grahame glove-side.

Fahey beat Mannino on a shot from the point while working on the power play to make the score 4-2 at the 15:00 mark of the second period.

Porter brought the Monsters within one, 4-3, at 19:10 of the middle period when he walked in past the Wolves defense and pushed a shot between Mannino’s legs.

Lake Erie (30-29-0-6) tied the game, 4-4, at 13:59 of the third period. A long shot by Tom Preissing caromed off of traffic in front of the net and Dupuis collected it and dished it over the goal line to tie the game.

The Monsters posted three shots on goal in overtime, compared to just one from Chicago, but neither team was able to capitalize, sending the game to the shootout.

The third and fourth Monsters shooters - Brian Willsie and Porter - converted, while the fourth and fifth shooters for Chicago did as well, sending the normal five-man shootout into extra rounds.

Chicago's seventh shooter, Jason Krog scored, followed by Brett Skinner finding the back of the net for Lake Erie.  The Wolves eighth shooter, Matt Anderson, scored, and when Randy Rowe failed to do the same for Lake Erie, Chicago escaped with the victory.

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