Chicago Wolves top Stars for second win in a row
Josh Melnick had a goal and an assist while William Lagesson and Vasily Ponomarev also scored to lift the Chicago Wolves past the Texas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday at Allstate Arena.
The Wolves also got strong goaltending from Pyotr Kochetkov to earn their second consecutive victory while snapping Texas’ three-game winning streak.
Melnick got the Wolves on the right track in the waning seconds of the opening period when he scored his first goal of the season. The center took a terrific feed from Tuukka Tieksola, broke in alone on Stars goaltender Matt Murray and buried a shot past the netminder to the stick side for a 1-0 advantage.
After a scoreless second, the Stars knotted the score at 1-1 on power-play goal by Curtis McKenzie.
The Wolves regained the lead midway through the third on Lagesson’s second goal of the season. Melnick found his teammate cruising into the slot and put the puck on his stick.
Lagesson didn’t miss as he wired a shot past the glove of Murray. Tuukka Tieksola picked up his second assist of the game on the goal.
Ponomarev sealed the deal for the Wolves with an empty-net goal, his second score of the season.
Kochetkov (28 saves) out-dueled Murray (30 saves) to earn the victory.
The Wolves improved to 2-2-0-0 on the season while the Stars dropped to 3-2-0-0.
Next up: The Wolves travel to Rockford to face the IceHogs on Friday night at 7 p.m. (AHLTV).
Media interested in covering Wolves games during the 2022-23 season should contact Wolves Director of Public Relations, Chris Kuc.
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