Chops gain a point, but edged in a shootout by Flames on Sunday
The Chops battled back for two, 3rd period goals for the second consecutive night, but the shootout wouldn't work as well on Sunday as the Quad City Flames defeated the Iowa Chops, 3-2. The shootout loss for Iowa is their 9th of the season, which equals a league high. However, with the shootout loss point, the Chops are now tied for 5th place in the West Division standings with the Chicago Wolves with 77 points, both now three points behind the fourth and final playoff spot held by Rockford with 80 points.
It was an average start for the Chops in the 1st period, who were slow get going out of the gate. Quad City took a 1-0 as a shot from the point deflected off of Flames forward David Van der Gulik and in behind Chops goaltender David LeNeveu to give the Flames the early lead. The Chops had the only two power plays in the period, but could only manage one shot on goal with the man-advantage.
The Flames continued the pressure in the 2nd period, but it would be the Chops power play that would let them down. With Matt Pelech in the box for double-minor penalty for high-sticking, the Chops not only could not manage a goal, but Kyle Greentree got loose down the right hand wing and beat everyone to a loose puck, putting a shot shortside over David LeNeveu's shoulder for a shorthanded goal and a 2-0 Flames lead. The Chops only managed six shots on goal for the second consecutive period.
The third period saw the Chops comeback to get on the board, with a great goal by Petri Kontiola, thanks to a great rebound from T.J. Trevelyan's shot at 12:59. The Flames turned up the pressure after the Chops tallied their first goal, and banged out 12 shots on net in the period alone. The Chops kept it alive all period, playing with newfound energy off of Kontiola's goal. Soon, it was the Chops' turn to take control of the game. While Petteri Wirtanen was serving a hooking penalty, T.J. Trevelyan found the puck and was able to knock it past Irving for the shorthanded equalizer. The crowd was electric for the rest of regulation. The Chops were going into overtime for the second time in as many nights.
Overtime saw the Chops firing on all cylinders, taking great shots and shutting down the Flames in their own zone. The Chops couldn't find the back of the net in the OT, so it was time for a shootout once again, where the Chops dropped the game, the Flames notching four goals to the Chops' one.
The Chops return to home ice at the Wells Fargo Arena for their second to last home game of the season, as they host the Houston Aeros on Tuesday, March 31st at 7:05pm. With just six games remaining in the regular season, it is another important game for the Chops in their push to make the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 515-564-8700 or visiting www.iowachops.com
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