Wolves lose 3rd game in Calder Cup Finals

Wolves lose 3rd game in Calder Cup Finals
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Wolves lose 3rd game in Calder Cup Finals

Despite leading Game 4 of the Calder Cup Championship Hockey Finals, the Wolves were pushed back by the Charlotte Checkers Thursday losing the game 5 to 3. The Wolves are behind now with one game to the Chckers 3 and need to take the remaining three games to bring the Hockey trophy back to Chicago. Cheer them on folks

The Chicago Wolves suffered a 5-3 setback against the Charlotte Checkers in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals on Thursday night at Allstate Arena, falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Defensemen Nic Hague and Zac Leslie and forward Brooks Macek scored for Chicago (12-9). Goaltender Oscar Dansk (10-8) stopped 18 of the 22 shots he faced.

Nicolas Roy scored a pair of goals in the third period for Charlotte (14-4), which trailed 3-1 until Martin Necas’ power-play goal with 1:00 remaining in the second period. Aleksi Saarela gave the Checkers their first lead with the eventual game-winner with 7:08 to play. Netminder Dustin Tokarski (5-0) stopped 22 shots.

Wolves lose Game 4 of Calder Cup Finals. Photo courtesy of the Wolves

Wolves lose Game 4 of Calder Cup Finals. Photo courtesy of the Wolves

“We feel that we can win in these games,” said Wolves head coach Rocky Thompson. “We don’t feel like we’re being dominated or that there’s no hope. That would be a different type of a feeling. That was my message to the group after the game. It was ‘You should grieve this.’ It stung. We had the 3-1 lead and things were going good. I thought we were playing a really good game.”

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Hague opened the game with a bang, scoring just 45 seconds into the game after receiving a pass behind the Wolves net and skating the puck coast-to-coast. Hague drove down the right side before cutting across toward the net and swinging the puck around Tokarski’s outstretched pad for the fastest goal in this season’s Calder Cup Playoffs.

Charlotte’s Jesper Sellgren got the equalizer at 5:21 when his shot through traffic found the back of the net, but Leslie tallied a late goal to put the Wolves in the lead heading into the first break.

After forward Tye McGinn stepped up and blocked a point-blank shot at the Wolves blue line, his linemates took the puck up ice on a rush toward the Charlotte net. The Checkers defense broke up a pass near the top of the circles, but the loose puck landed right on Leslie’s stick and he rifled a shot in from the left side that beat Tokarski’s glove for a 2-1 advantage.

Final Calder Cup schedule Chicago Wolves and Charlotte Checkers. Photo courtesy of Chicago Wolves

Final Calder Cup schedule Chicago Wolves and Charlotte Checkers. Photo courtesy of Chicago Wolves

Macek widened the lead 13:47 into the second period after entering the Checkers zone and dropping a pass to forward Curtis McKenzie just inside the blue line. McKenzie passed across the ice to set up defenseman Dylan Coghlan’s one-timer while Macek raced to the net in time to grab Coghlan’s rebound and backhand it over Tokarski for a 3-1 game.

 

Necas cut into the lead at the 19:00 mark of the second on the power play before Roy scored his first of the night 32 seconds into the third period to make it a 3-3 game.

Saarela broke the tie and scored the eventual game-winner 12:52 into the third before Roy tallied an empty-net goal at 17:28 to put away the 5-3 victory.

The Wolves and Checkers meet for Game 5 at 7 p.m. Saturday in the final game of the season at Allstate Arena. To get the best seats, visit ChicagoWolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

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Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

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