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Wolves top Barons in shootout

Wolves right wing Tyler Shattock (right) pursues puck against Barons left wing Ryan HamiltSaturday. | Dale Woltman/Wolves

Wolves right wing Tyler Shattock (right) pursues the puck against Barons left wing Ryan Hamilton on Saturday. | Dale Woltman/Wolves

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Updated: January 10, 2014 6:34AM

Ty Rattie called the Wolves’ 5-4 shootout victory Sunday against the Oklahoma City Barons at Allstate Arena ‘‘a character win.’’

The 20-year-old rookie scored with 17.6 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, then tallied the first goal of the shootout as the Wolves ended a two-game losing streak before hitting the road for three games.

‘‘This is a mature team, and we showed that [by] coming back,’’ said Rattie, who leads the Wolves with eight goals. ‘‘This is [a victory that] brings a team together.’’

Coach John Anderson championed the effort, which resulted in the Wolves’ first victory in nine games this season when trailing
after two periods.

‘‘This is not a quitting team,’’ he said.

Rattie, Shane Harper and Dmitrij Jaskin scored in the shootout for the Wolves, and goalie Matt Climie stopped all three shots by the Barons.

‘‘Good teams find a way to win,’’ said defenseman Cade Fairchild, whose assist on the Wolves’ first goal extended his points streak to four games.

The Wolves, the fifth-best penalty-killing team in the American Hockey League, fell behind 3-2
after the Barons scored their second power-play goal of the game at 12:10 of the second period. The Wolves (11-10-0-2) tied the score at 3 on a deflection by Rattie with 6:40 left in the third, but the Barons (10-12-0-4) answered less than three minutes later.

But Rattie, camped out near the crease, evened the game for a third time by squeezing the puck past Barons goalie Ty Rimmer. The Wolves went on to earn their first shootout victory of the season.

‘‘He’s a goal-scorer,’’ Anderson said of Rattie. ‘‘It’s not like he’s unfamiliar around the net, but he’s streaky.’’

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