CLEVELAND---The Chicago Wolves staged a third-period rally, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 6-3 to the Lake Erie Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena Friday night.
Center Ryan Garbutt and defensemen Paul Postma and Jaime Sifers scored for Chicago (11-13-1-0), which was playing in the first contest of a three-games-in-three-days road swing. Left wing Patrick Rissmiller, who began the season with the Wolves, potted four goals and five points for Lake Erie.
The Wolves opened scoring at 3:28 of the first period when center Garbutt redirected defenseman Arturs Kulda’s wrist shot from the point past Lake Erie goaltender John Grahame.
Lake Erie (12-9-2-2) responded to make the score 1-1 when right wing Matthew Ford knocked the rebound from center Mark Olver’s long shot past Chicago netminder Peter Mannino at 7:52 of the first period.
The Monsters pulled ahead, 2-1, when Olver stole the puck along the boards behind the net, wrapped around and sent a pass to center Patrick Rissmiller to bang back into the empty left corner of the net at 10:47 of the first frame.
Rissmiller scored on the power play to make the score 3-1, 3:55 into the second period when he fired a shot from the right faceoff circle past Mannino, stick side.
Lake Erie took a three-goal lead, 4-1, 10:54 into the middle frame when Rissmiller dug out the puck in the crease and roofed it over Mannino to complete a natural hat trick.
Mannino (6-4-0) kicked out 19 shots overall in the loss.
Center Ben Walter’s shot from the blueline through traffic into side of the net made the Monsters lead 5-1, 8:11 into the last period.
Chicago finally answered the five unanswered goals with a power-play tally when Postma fired a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Grahame, glove side, making the score 5-2, 10:18 into the third period.
Grahame (3-3-1) recorded 33 saves for the Monsters.
The Wolves closed the gap to 5-3 when center Jason Krog slipped a pass to Sifers, whose shot from the slot found the back of the net at 16:46 into the last frame.
The Monsters closed scoring with a shorthanded marker, 6-3, 19:22 into the final frame when Rissmiller threw the puck down the ice and into an empty net.
The Wolves travel to Canada for a matchup with the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Chicago 1 0 2 -- 3
Lake Erie 2 2 2 -- 6
First Period---1, Chicago, Garbutt 3 (Kulda, Aliu), 3:28; 2, Lake Erie, Ford 7 (Olver, Rissmiller), 7:52; 3, Lake Erie, Rissmiller 3 (Olver, Stoa), 10:47. Penalties---Ross, Chicago (tripping), 4:06; Stoa, Lake Erie (interference), 8:13
Second Period---4, Lake Erie, Rissmiller 4 (Holos, Walter), 3:55 pp; 5, Lake Erie, Rissmiller 5 (Walter, Stoa), 10:54 pp. Penalties---Hunt, Chicago (hooking), 2:56; Postma, Chicago (high-sticking), 5:32; Kulda, Chicago (tripping), 10:21; Macias, Lake Erie (interference), 13:26; Valabik, Chicago (cross-checking), 16:20.
Third Period---6, Lake Erie, Walter 8 (Gaunce, Bordeleau), 8:11; 7, Chicago, Postma 3 (Krog, Haydar), 10:18 pp; 8, Chicago, Sifers 3 (Krog, Kulda), 16:46; 9, Lake Erie, Rissmiller 6 (unassisted), 19:22 sh. Penalties---Garbutt, Chicago (fighting), 4:02; Liffiton, Lake Erie (fighting), 4:02; Cormier, Chicago (fighting), 6:35; Olver, Lake Erie (fighting), 6:35; Carman, Lake Erie (hooking), 8:35; Mercier, Lake Erie (closing hand on puck), 18:07.
Shots on goal---Chicago: 9-7-20--36. Lake Erie: 10-8-7--25. Power plays---Chicago: 1-4. Lake Erie: 2-5. Goalies--Chicago, Mannino (19-25). Lake Erie, Grahame (33-36). A---4,086. Referee---Ghislain Herbert. Linesmen---Brian Oliver and Jesse Pletsch.