Disallowed goal does in Wolves in 3-2 loss to IceHogs
By SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media February 24, 2012 10:48PM
Updated: March 26, 2012 8:12AM
When the Wolves hosted the Rockford IceHogs on Friday at Allstate Arena, they had a goal disallowed for the second time in three games, a key factor in a 3-2 loss.
Last Saturday against Charlotte, Wolves center Steve Reinprecht saw an overtime goal taken off the board, but his team was able to rectify it by winning in a shootout.
On Friday, the Wolves weren’t as lucky. Stefan Schneider’s second-period goal was disallowed and that proved to be the difference in the loss to the Blackhawks affiliate.
“The disallowed goal was impactful for sure,” Wolves coach Craig MacTavish said. “The second period was a big part of it. We played poorly in the second period and got it going in the third period.”
The referee was out of position on the Schneider goal — behind the net instead of on the goal line where he would have had a better view.
As a result, the ref ruled IceHogs’ goalie Carter Hutton had the puck in his glove and Schneider knocked it out, prompting him to wave off the goal.
What really had happened was the puck deflected off of Hutton’s stick to Schneider, who put it in the net.
Wolves left wing Bill Sweatt struck first with a goal at 14:34 in the first period, but Rockford evened the score with a goal at 4:32 in the second. The IceHogs scored took a 2-1 lead minutes after Schneider’s goal was waved off.
Tim Miller tied the game at 2 with a goal at 7:14 in the third period, but Rockford’s Brandon Pirri came back to score the game-winner at 16:06.
In the first period, the Wolves attempted to match the IceHogs physicality instead of playing their type of hockey, which usually features fluid passing and skill at even strength. That seemed to throw them off in the second period.