Wednesday night, the Chicago Wolves trailed by two goals twice, including a 5-3 deficit with just over three minutes to play. They came back to win that one in a shootout 6-5.
Somehow, the Wolves (39-19-5-3) may have managed to top that comeback Saturday night against the same Lake Erie Monsters (28-29-0-9) in a 5-4 shootout victory.
Trailing 4-1 with under 13 minutes to play, the Wolves began their late-game heroics again. Evan Oberg scored his first goal since Feb. 23 on a one-time rifle from the right side to make it 4-2. Mark Cundari crashed the net and put home a wraparound attempt from Michael Davies that missed the net to cut the lead to just one. Cundari also netted the opening goal of the game early in the first period. It was his first career two-goal game.
“Hockey’s a funny game,” said Cundari. “Sometimes you get rewarded on night’s when you shouldn’t get rewarded.”
Minutes later, Shane Harper cashed in on a rebound opportunity for the equalizer after his initial wraparound was stopped.
“We went about our business,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “We said let’s just keep pushing and pushing.”
“We didn’t stop and finally capitalized in the third,” added Harper.
After a scoreless overtime period, Harper would need to score in the final round of the shootout to keep the Wolves alive. He put a nifty deke on goaltender Calvin Pickard to knot it up 1-1. In round six, Pat Cannone went five-hold on Pickard and Matt Climie stuffed David van der Gulik to seal the victory for Chicago. It was a fitting ending to a sensational comeback for the Wolves, who pounded out a season-high 50 shots on goal by the game’s end.
“That was a roller coaster,” said Anderson.
“It looked like we just came together fully as team in the third and that’s the result,” added Cundari.
With the win, Chicago kept pace with Midwest Division-leading Grand Rapids, who defeated Rockford 4-1 earlier in the night. The Wolves still trail the Griffins by four points, but hold two games in hand.