The game was a long time coming, but the result was not.
In their first home game since Jan. 18, the Wolves beat the Iowa Wild 3-2 in overtime Saturday at Allstate Arena. Ty Rattie scored two goals, including the game-winner with 28.6 seconds left in overtime.
The Wolves were coming off a 3-2 road trip that was capped by a convincing 6-2 victory Friday against the Midwest Division-leading Grand Rapids Griffins.
“We had a really good road trip; we’re really happy with it,” said Rattie, who leads the Wolves with 17 goals. “Every time you go on a weeklong road trip, it’s good team bonding, and I thought we’re a lot better team now than we were when we left.”
Matt Climie made 24 saves, and Dmitrij Jaskin scored in the third for the Wolves (25-16-2-2), who were 2:53 away from winning in regulation after Rattie scored to give them a 2-1 lead. But Zack Phillips connected with 20 seconds remaining to send it to overtime. Rattie then ended it with his fourth game-winner of the season when he beat Johan Gustafsson (26 saves) from the top of the right circle.
“It’s a good thing, a good win and we’ll carry it on Tuesday [against the Utica Comets].”
For much of the first 40 minutes, it looked as if the Wolves might squander any boost they got from the time away from home.
They fell behind 1-0 with 3:03 left in the first when Warren Peters beat Climie for a short-handed goal. Mark Mancari broke his stick on an outlet pass from Climie’s left, with Carson McMillan intercepting and finding Peters.
That lead held up until the third when Jaskin’s shot from behind the net 9:14 into the period banked off Tyler Cuma and past Gustafsson. Rattie’s first then gave the Wolves the 2-1 lead, and despite allowing the late equalizer, they recovered to win in the extra session.
“We didn’t play obviously our best game but we hung in there and kept it tight the whole way and took off from there,” Anderson said.
The Wolves were without forward Adam Cracknell because of an upper-body injury. Since being assigned to the Wolves on Jan. 23 from the St. Louis Blues, Cracknell has three goals and two assists.