After rallying to force overtime with a pair of power-play scores, the Chicago Wolves surrendered their third power-play goal with 1:11 left in extra time and fell 3-2 to Toronto on Friday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
Defenseman Cade Fairchild started the Wolves' rally with his first goal of the year, and left wing Sergey Andronov pulled the Wolves (20-14-2-2) into a tie at 3:19 of the third period. Mark Mancari added 2 assists for the Wolves, who saw their home winning streak end at seven games.
"We played well 5-on-5, but we took way too many penalties," said Wolves coach John Anderson. "We had our chances to win after we tied the score but couldn't convert."
The Marlies (22-11-2-2) opened the scoring with a power-play goal 19 seconds before the end of the first period. Sam Carrick delivered a centering pass in front of the net to set up left wing David Broll for an easy flip past goaltender Jake Allen.
The Marlies pushed their lead to 2-0 with another power-play goal at 11:29 of the second period when Spencer Abbott took advantage of Allen playing without a stick and wristed a shot from the left circle past the goalie's glove.
The Wolves delivered a power-play goal that sliced the margin in half at 15:43 of the second. Mancari worked the puck to Keith Aucoin near the goal line. Aucoin rifled a pass across the crease past a sliding Toronto defender to Fairchild for a tap-in past goaltender Garret Sparks, an Elmhurst native.
The Wolves pulled even at 3:19 of the third with another power-play goal when Mancari rifled a shot from the point that deflected off Andronov. Ty Rattie picked up an assist on the play.
Carrick earned the game-winner at 3:49 of overtime. With Toronto owning a 4-on-3 advantage, Greg McKegg claimed the puck behind the net and fed the open Carrick in the slot for a one-timer.
Allen (15-9-2) stopped 22 shots for the Wolves, while Sparks (3-3-0) posted 25 saves.
The Wolves play their final January home game today at 7 p.m. when they host Rockford in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest.