Game Recap: Moose 3 at Chicago 4 OT
Manitoba Moose (24-6-2-2) at Chicago Wolves (17-12-5-2)
Friday, January 5, 2018 – Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||OT||F|
|Manitoba Moose||Michael Hutchinson||59:17||34||30|
|Chicago Wolves||Max Lagace||60:54||24||21|
|1||9:43||CHI||Brandon Pirri (13)||Jason Garrison (12)||Wade Megan (12)||PP||1-0 CHI|
|1||19:52||CHI||Brandon Pirri (14)||PS||2-0 CHI|
|2||18:00||MB||Buddy Robinson (14)||ES||2-1 CHI|
|3||11:45||CHI||Brandon Pirri (15)||Tomas Hyka (12)||Jason Garrison (13)||PP||3-1 CHI|
|3||16:42||MB||Buddy Robinson (15)||Nic Petan (20)||Brendan Lemieux (14)||EX||3-2 CHI|
|3||19:58||MB||Buddy Robinson (16)||Nic Petan (21)||Cameron Schilling (19)||PP/EX||3-3|
|OT||0:49||CHI||Teemu Pulkkinen (10)||Jason Garrison (14)||Max Lagace (2)||ES||4-3 CHI|
The Manitoba Moose (24-6-2-2) played their first game of 2018 with a matchup against the Chicago Wolves (17-12-5-2) at Allstate Arena on Friday night. Chicago opened the scoring midway through the first frame off a Brandon Pirri rocket from the point on the power play. The Moose had a pair of good looks with a Buddy Robinson partial break and Sami Niku firing a shot while cutting across the slot, but Max Lagace kept Chicago in front. The Wolves were awarded a penalty shot with eight seconds left in the period and Pirri took advantage, netting his second of the night to put Chicago in front 2-0 after 20 minutes.
The middle frame wasn’t quite as eventful as the first, but the Moose got back within a goal. Manitoba nearly got on the board 11:38 into the period when Chase De Leo pounced on a loose puck, but his shot rang off the crossbar. The Moose broke through with two minutes left in the period as Buddy Robinson broke away and buried his 14th of the season behind Lagace. That score held despite a late push from the Moose as Chicago took a 2-1 lead to the third.
The Moose opened the final frame on the penalty kill for 3:20, and the PK unit came up with a big stop to keep Manitoba within one. Penalty trouble would eventually bite the Moose with 8:15 to go in the game, as Brandon Pirri fired in a rebound for the hat-trick to restore Chicago’s two-goal lead. Looking to cut into the Chicago advantage, the Moose called Michael Hutchinson to the bench with 3:30 to go in the contest and the gamble paid off. After the Moose won the faceoff, a scramble ensued in front of the Chicago net and Robinson shoveled in his second of the game. With 33 seconds left on the board, Manitoba was awarded a power play, giving them a six-on-four advantage. Racing up the ice, Cameron Schilling got a shot on net and Robinson was there again to jam in the tying goal with 1.2 seconds left on the board, forcing overtime with the hat-trick goal. The extra period only lasted 49 seconds as Teemu Pulkkinen blasted a slap shot in off the post to give the Wolves a 4-3 victory.
- Buddy Robinson registered his first career hat-trick in the loss.
- Robinson now leads the Moose with 16 goals on the season.
- Brandon Pirri’s hat-trick is the first surrendered by the Moose this season.
- Attendance was announced at 4,727.
The Moose are in Des Moines, IA Saturday night to clash with the Iowa Wild in a game scheduled for 7 p.m. CT. Tune in at moosehockey.com/listenlive starting at 6:45 p.m. CT.