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Wolves Fall Late to IceHogs

February 20, 2016 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Chicago Wolves News Release

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Rockford's Tanner Kero was credited with the go-ahead goal with 5:08 to play as the Chicago Wolves fell 4-2 to the IceHogs in an Illinois Lottery Cup clash on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.

Forwards Dmitrij Jaskin and Danny Kristo scored for the Wolves (23-23-3-2). Dennis Robertson, Ryan Haggerty and Dane Walters also scored for Rockford (29-13-5-4), which clinched the Illinois Lottery Cup trophy that goes to the team that wins the Wolves-IceHogs season series.

Rockford opened the scoring 1:09 into the game as Robertson wristed a shot from the left point that deflected off a Wolves player in traffic and eluded goaltender Pheonix Copley's blocker.

The Wolves answered with Jaskin's power-play goal at 5:14 of the first. Goaltender Michael Leighton stopped Jeremy Welsh's wrister from the left circle, but Emerson Clark corralled the rebound along the goal line and fed it to Jaskin for a well-placed wrister from the right circle.

Rockford took a 2-1 lead on Haggerty's goal 14:57 into the first. He battled for position just outside the crease, intercepted teammate Jonathan Carlsson's shot from the right circle and flicked it home.

Chicago responded with Kristo's power-play goal at 7:41 of the second. Defenseman Jordan Schmaltz hustled the puck up the ice and fed Kristo in the high slot for a snapper that became his team-high 18th goal.

Rockford seized a 3-2 edge with 5:08 to play when Kirill Gotovets' shot from along the right half-wall headed toward Kero and Chicago defenseman Jeremie Blain as they battled for position just outside the crease. The puck hit their upper bodies, fell to the ice and bounced under Copley's left leg for the goal.

Walters added an empty-net goal from center ice with 28.2 seconds left to clinch the game. Copley (11-12-2) stopped 36 of 39 shots while Leighton (25-6-7) notched 26 saves.

The Wolves host the Charlotte Checkers at 3 p.m. Sunday for a Central Division clash with playoff implications. To get the best deals on tickets, visit ChicagoWolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.





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Chicago Wolves C Pat Cannone Battles Two Rockford IceHogs for the Puck
Chicago Wolves C Pat Cannone Battles Two Rockford IceHogs for the Puck

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Chicago Wolves LW Yannick Veilleux and RW Zach O'Brien vs. the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves LW Yannick Veilleux and RW Zach O'Brien vs. the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves LW Dmitrij Jaskin vs. the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves LW Dmitrij Jaskin vs. the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves LW Dmitrij Jaskin Shoots vs. the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves LW Dmitrij Jaskin Shoots vs. the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves RW Jordan Caron Battles the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves RW Jordan Caron Battles the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves Celebrate a Goal vs. the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves Celebrate a Goal vs. the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves RW Jordan Caron Takes on the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves RW Jordan Caron Takes on the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves LW Emerson Clark vs. Michael Liambas of the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves LW Emerson Clark vs. Michael Liambas of the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves RW Ty Rattie vs. the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves RW Ty Rattie vs. the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves RW Danny Kristo vs. the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves RW Danny Kristo vs. the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves Press the Rockford IceHogs Net
Chicago Wolves Press the Rockford IceHogs Net

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Chicago Wolves LW Dmitrij Jaskin Handles the Puck vs. the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves LW Dmitrij Jaskin Handles the Puck vs. the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves vs. the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves vs. the Rockford IceHogs

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Chicago Wolves Stack up in Front of the Rockford IceHogs Goal
Chicago Wolves Stack up in Front of the Rockford IceHogs Goal

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Chicago Wolves RW Danny Kristo Takes a Penalty Shot vs. the Rockford IceHogs
Chicago Wolves RW Danny Kristo Takes a Penalty Shot vs. the Rockford IceHogs

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