CHICAGO, IL - The Chicago Wolves defeated the Utica Comets 4-2 Tuesday afternoon at Allstate Arena.
Ty Rattie led the way for the Chicago Wolves with three points (1-2-3), while Alexandre Boduc (0-2-2) and Keith Aucoin (0-2-2) picked up two points each. Benn Ferriero and Nicklas Jensen scored the Comets goals.
The Wolves struck first 10:17 into the first period. A Comets turnover in the Wolves zone caught the Comets in the middle of a line change and led to a 2-on-1 rush. Keith Aucoin slid a pass past Alex Biega to Ty Rattie who fired the game’s first goal into an empty net.
A hustle play by Alexandre Bolduc would give the Wolves a 2-0 lead with 2:55 to play in the first period. Ty Rattie sent the puck the length of the ice on what looked to be an icing call. However, Bolduc beat out two Comets defenders to nullify the icing call. A quick pass to the slot found Chris Porter all alone, who beat Joacim Eriksson through the five hole.
A Wolves Bench Minor for Too Many Men 4:45 into the second period set the Comets up on their first power play of the game. Benn Ferriero, off a pass from Henrik Tommernes, streaked down Jake Allen’s right hand side, and fired a wrist shot past Allen to put the Comets on the board. Patrick Mullen picked up the secondary assist.
The Comets tied the about six minutes later. Alexandre Grenier put on a shot on goal, the rebound created a mad scramble in front of the net. Nicklas Jensen dug the puck out, spun and fired a shot past a sprawled Allen. Guillaume Lepine picked up the secondary assist, his first American Hockey League point, in his first AHL game.
Chris Porter picked up his second goal of the night to give the Wolves a 3-2 lead with 9:49 to play in the third period. Porter, with the Wolves on a power play for a Comets Bench Minor Too Many Men penalty, jammed at a loose puck in front of Eriksson until the puck found its way into the back of the net. Bolduc picked up his second assist of the night, while Rattie picked up his third.
The Wolves put the game out of reach with a goal with just 2:38 to play. A loose puck squirted to the slot where Adam Cracknell wristed a shot past Eriksson. Mark Mancari and Keith Aucoin picked up the assists.
Joacim Eriksson stopped 31 of the Wolves 35 shots, while Jake Allen stopped 30 of the Comets 32 shots.
Utica was playing without Pascal Pelletier, who was recalled by the Canucks Tuesday morning.
The Comets are back in action tomorrow night in Iowa as the Comets take on the Iowa Wild at 8:05 p.m.