For the second straight series, the Chicago Wolves have home ice advantage in the Calder Cup Playoffs, but this time they were able to capitalize as they captured Game 1 of their series with the Iowa Wild.
Cody Glass scored with just over a minute remaining in the overtime period to give the Wolves the victory. Nic Hague also scored a goal for the Wolves in the contest, and Oscar Dansk made 26 saves in net as the Wolves grabbed the early series lead.
In their first game back from injury, Brooks Macek and AHL MVP Daniel Carr both made their presence felt, as Macek scored his first goal of the postseason and Carr dished out a pair of assists in the winning effort.
Geraldo Mayhew scored both Wild goals, but it wasn’t enough as the club dropped the first game of the series.
The Wolves got the scoring going in the first period thanks to Macek. Jake Bischoff blasted a shot in from the point that was deflected by Carr, and Macek picked up the loose puck and flipped it home to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead with about five minutes to go in the first period.
With around a minute to go in the period, Mayhew scored his fifth goal of the postseason to level the score at 1-1, and he struck again late in the second period to give Iowa a 2-1 advantage with 20 minutes to play.
That score remained in place until late in the third period when the Wolves’ tenacious forechecking led to the game-tying goal. After several Wild clearing attempts were thwarted, Hague gathered up the puck and skated between the face-off circles, blasting a shot home to tie the game up at 2-2.
With just over a minute to go in overtime, Tye McGinn retrieved the puck in the corner of the Iowa zone and fed it across to Glass, who fired home the game-winning one-timer to give the Wolves the overtime victory and the 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
There won’t be much time to rest for either team, as Game 2 is set for Thursday night at Allstate Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will air on The U Too in Chicago.