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Wolves Beat Abbotsford 5-4 In Overtime Shootout

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. (CBS) — The Chicago Wolves trailed at the start of the third period, but ended up beating the Abbotsford Heat 5-4 in a shootout win Thursday night.

Wolves forward Mark Mancari scored the winning goal in the shootout, while goaltender Eddie Lack kept the Heat from scoring.

Center Jordan Schroeder also scored two goals for the Wolves – in a period of 25 seconds during the second period – and forward Tim Miller and defenseman Brad Hunt each scored one. Steve Reinprecht and Nolan Baumgartner each scored two assists.

Brad Hunt scored his first professional goal for the Wolves on a power play with 7:23 on the clock, and sent the game into overtime.

Abbotsford center Paul Byron was the first to score, 4:02 into the first period. Heat left wing Dustin Sylvester picked Wolves defenseman Mark Matheson’s pocket and center ice, and engaged Hunt in a two-on-one defense. Sylvester outwaited Hunt, and he went down on the ice while trying to take away the passing lane. Sylvester then found Byron at the left side of the net, and Byron scored.

The Wolves evened the score when Miller fired a shot over Leland Irving’s right shoulder, even though the team was down a man at the time. Abbotsford regained the lead within a minute, when Heat right wing Hugh Jessiman beat goaltender Lack short side.

Schroeder tied the game for the Wolves again 5:15 into the second period, and gave the Wolves their first lead second later. He received a pass from Michael Davies right in front of the net, and had no trouble sliding the puck through a moving Leland Irving.

But Abbotsford came back to retake the lead, as defenseman Joe Piskula and center Kyrs Kolanos each scored. But the Wolves tied the game on the power play, when Hunt redirected a centering feed coming from Reinprecht and tied the score 4-4.

The Wolves will finish their regular-season series against Abbotsford Friday night.