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updated: 11/23/2012 10:50 PM

Chicago Wolves drop tough decision to Griffins

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By Daily Herald News Services

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Chicago Wolves came up on the short end of a seesaw battle, falling 4-3 to the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena on Friday night.

Mark Matheson, Chris Tanev and Anton Rodin lit the lamp for the Wolves (8-6-2-0), who had been tied with the Griffins for first place in the Midwest Division of the American Hockey League when the night began.

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The Wolves have allowed the first goal in their last four road games, winning only once. The Griffins struck first when Tomas Tatar netted his sixth of the year at 7:56 in the first period.

Wolves center Alex Friesen tried to score the equalizer on a penalty shot before the six-minute mark of the second period, but goalie Petr Mrazek (6-0-0, 25 saves) made the stop.

Matheson got the Wolves on the board at 8:25 of the second, his third goal of the season and second in two games.

The Griffins (9-4-1-1), who ran their winning streak to seven games, quickly responded when Mitch Callahan recorded his first of the season 13 seconds later.

With the Wolves trailing 2-1, Tanev fired a shot that ricocheted off the goal post and into the net at 17:37 of the second.

But the Griffins regained a 3-2 lead on Chad Billins' power-play goal 36 seconds into the third period.

Rodin's rebound goal at 5:53 knotted the score at 3-3, but Tatar notched what proved to be the game-winning goal past Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack at 17:47. Lack (6-4-0) stopped 25 of 29 shots.

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