CLEVELAND -- The Chicago Wolves fired a season-high 46 shots, but the Cleveland Monsters came away with a 2-1 shootout victory on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Chicago (37-18-7-4) picked up a point to pull into a tie with first-place Grand Rapids at 85 points, but the Griffins hold three games in hand. Forward Brett Sterling scored in the first period for his 235th career American Hockey League goal -- most among active skaters -- to stake the Wolves to a 1-0 lead.
Zac Dalpe forged a tie in the second period that lasted until the shootout, when Cleveland (30-27-3-4) earned the win on tallies by Markus Hannikainen and Dalpe. The Wolves' Kenny Agostino and Andrew Agozzino could not solve Monsters goaltender Brad Thiessen (3-6-1), who posted 45 saves in regulation and overtime to go with the pair of shootout stops.
Wolves netminder Jordan Binnington (14-6-7) notched 32 saves. Chicago returns to the ice at 5 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday in Charlotte. Both games will be televised on CW50.