Wolves win; Express falls
A 3-goal second period allowed the Chicago Wolves to hold off the Rockford Icehogs in a 6-2 victory Saturday night at the Rockford Metrocentre.
Right wing Mark Mancari collected 2 goals and recorded his 400th AHL career point in helping the Wolves earn the victory.
Rockford opened the scoring at 6:05 of the first period on a power play when left wing Rostislav Olsez took a slap shot from the top of the slot when his dropped down and slid passed Wolves goaltender Matt Climie and into the back of the net.
The Wolves tied it at 1-1 when forward Tim Miller's slap shot hit a Rockford opponent's stick and forward Michael Davies tapped home the rebound at 14:32.
Mancari scored his first of the night at 16:04 when he sent the puck passed IceHogs goalie Carter Hutton after receiving a backhanded pass from center Steve Reinprecht.
After a 2-2 tie, Wolves forward Nathan Longpre took back the lead at 5:49 when he received a pass from Davies and drilled a shot top shelf. The Wolves doubled their lead with their second goal in 10 seconds when Stefan Schnieder scored.
Mancari scored his second goal of the night when he shot through three Rockford opponents and scored after receiving an assist from Reinprecht at 8:23 of the second period.
Climie stopped 39 of 41 shots.
Gladiators 3, Express 1:
The Chicago Express fell to the Gladiators at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
It took the entire first period and 15:26 of the second before the game's first goal. Devin DiDiomete found Scott Wietecha in the high slot, and Wietecha's one-timer trickled through the pads of goalie Joe Palmer to give the Express a 1-0 lead that lasted only 1:11.
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