It was just another typical night at Allstate Arena. For any other team, that might not be the case. However, for the Chicago Wolves, Ty Rattie scoring game-winners is becoming a norm. The Wolves (25-16-2-2) defeated the Iowa Wild (19-16-5-3) by a score of 3-2 in overtime Saturday night.
Mark Cundari slid a pass to Rattie at the right faceoff circle, where he pounded home the winner past Johan Gustafsson with 29 seconds to play in extra time. It was Rattie’s fourth game-winner this season.
After trailing for nearly the entire game, Dmitrij Jaskin banked a centering pass off the skate of Wild defenseman Tyler Cuma, and the puck deflected into the net to tie the game 1-1. Wolves goaltender Matt Climie had been stellar in preserving the one-goal deficit prior.
“I thought Climie played awesome tonight,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “We didn’t play our best game but he kept it tight and came out with a win.”
From that point on, the Wolves dominated play, blasting shots on goal left and right. Eight minutes later, Rattie would score what many thought would be the game-winner with 2:53 to play in the third. After an offensive zone faceoff win by Alexandre Bolduc, Cundari found Rattie, who rifled home a one-timer past Gustafsson to give Chicago the lead.
However, Iowa did not back down, and with the net empty, tied the game 2-2 with 20 seconds to play. Left alone in the slot, Zack Phillips beat Climie blocker side off a centering pass from Justin Mercier to send the game to overtime. It was the third game that went to extra time between the two teams in five meetings this season.
“Obviously it sucked, but you kind of just have to forget about it,” said Rattie. “At the end of the third period, you start a whole new five minute game.”
Rattie’s blast from the right faceoff dot would end it in overtime.
“He has a knack (for scoring) and we don’t have a lot of that on our team,” said Anderson.
“Just happy to get that goal and get a good win,” added Rattie.
The win improved Chicago’s record to 10-1-1 in its last 12 games at Allstate Arena. For the Wolves, it was a justified ending to their first game back at home following a five-game road trip.
“We had a really good road trip and were really happy with it,” said Rattie. “Anytime you go on a week-long trip, it’s good team bonding.”
Chicago will be back in action Tuesday at Allstate Arena to take on the Utica Comets.