The Chicago Wolves could not stop Jason Zucker and Iowa, falling 3-1 to the Wild on Zucker's 2-goal peformance at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
Chris Porter notched the lone goal for the Wolves (9-8-0-2), who dropped their third game in a row. Goaltender Jake Allen (8-4-2) made 19 stops and suffered the loss.
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"Different game, same old story," said Wolves coach John Anderson. "We play well defensively but we just can't score goals right now."
The Wolves opened scoring 7:38 into the game when Evan Oberg fired a shot from the point that was redirected low by Porter standing in front of the net.
A wraparound by Zucker evened the score minutes later when he picked up the puck in the corner and muscled his way behind the net, slipping the puck inside the post before Allen could get there.
The Wild (7-11-0-0) took its first lead at 17:54 of the opening period, Carson McMillan sent a short pass to Stephane Veilleux a few feet from the net, and he beat Allen with a shot glove-side that gave the Wild a 2-1 advantage.
Zucker sealed the Wild win with his second goal when he beat Allen from the slot at 8:40 of the third period.
Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper improved his record to 4-7-1 with 32 saves.
The Wolves host Rockford at 7:30 p.m. Friday in an Illinois Lottery Cup battle.