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Zack Kassian Wolves scored first goal game power play. | Ross Dettman~Chicago Wolves

Zack Kassian of the Wolves scored the first goal of the game on a power play. | Ross Dettman~Chicago Wolves

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Updated: April 6, 2014 8:26PM

A division championship for the Wolves is less likely after their 4-3 shootout loss Sunday to the Iowa Wild.

The Wolves (40-20-5-5, 90 points) earned one point to move six points behind the Grand Rapids Griffins (45-21-2-4, 96 points) for the Midwest ­Division lead with two games in hand.

Dylan Labbe scored the lone goal of the shootout in the sixth round. The Wolves couldn’t maintain the momentum from their playoff-clinching victory Saturday night, perhaps suffering from a letdown on their way to losing to the last-place Wild (27-33-6-4, 64 points).

“It’s very possible. It’s human nature, but it’s not like we didn’t think about it or warn the guys about it,” Wolves coach John Anderson said. “Sometimes you just have to experience it to figure it out.”

Matt Climie had 29 saves, Pat Cannone scored twice and Alexandre Bolduc connected 18 seconds in. The Wolves didn’t accomplish much else against Cody Reichard (42 saves), who was making his first AHL start of the season.

“Their goalie played really well,” Anderson said. “We scored one goal in the first period and then went to sleep for every shift after that and let them in the game.

“If we want to push on to the playoffs and play better than that, then we’ve got to be smarter than that. Hopefully it’s a lesson learned now.”

After Bolduc’s goal, Iowa scored twice in 53 seconds to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission. Tyler Graovac’s goal with 13:32 left tied it, and Kris Foucault put the Wild in front.

Cannone’s first goal with 12:59 left in the second pulled the Wolves even, and his deflection of a Taylor Chorney shot two minutes into the third put them in front. Foucault’s second goal 8:37 into the third tied the score again.

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