Wolves can't catch Roadrunners
Forward Tyler Steenbergen swatted home a rebound with 3:37 left to break a tie and spark the Tucson Roadrunners' 4-2 victory over the Chicago Wolves on Thursday night at Allstate Arena.
Forwards Gage Quinney and Valentin Zykov scored for the Wolves (26-26-5-2), who could have moved into third place in the Central Division with a victory.
The Pacific Division-leading Roadrunners (34-18-1-2) opened the scoring at 8:26 of the first when forward Kevin Hancock poked home the rebound after Jalen Smereck's shot from the right point.
The Wolves needed less than a minute to answer as Quinney delivered his 16th goal of the year on the game's first power play. McKenzie's pinpoint saucer pass from below the goal line through the slot set up Quinney's equalizer at 9:21.
Tucson regained the lead at 13:20 of the second when Smereck lobbed a shot from the left point just as traffic outside the crease blocked goaltender Oscar Dansk's view.
The Wolves forged another tie with 3:56 left in regulation on the power play. Keegan Kolesar banged a shot off the post that hit Zykov's chest on the rebound and trickled across the goal line.
Tucson answered with the game-winner just 19 seconds later as Steenbergen backhanded the rebound of a Cam Dineen shot. Jeremy Gregoire added an empty-net goal with 0:26 left.
Adin Hill (13-4-0), who has split his season between the Roadrunners and the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, posted 23 saves to win for the seventh time in his last eight games. Dansk (18-12-3) finished with 26 saves on 29 shots.
The Wolves host Tucson again at 7 p.m. Saturday on American Girl Night.