ROCKFORD, Ill. -- In a game marked by close calls, momentum swings and spectacular saves on both ends, it was fitting that the final result came down to an eight-round shootout in the Chicago Wolves' 5-4 win over the Rockford IceHogs on Friday night.
Rockford (24-21-3-3) struck early and often, scoring twice in 6:54 to start the game.
Halfway through the period, the Wolves (28-16-3-2) started a scoring streak of their own thanks to two power-play goals.
Left winger Dmitrij Jaskin fired a laser on net after picking the puck up in the corner to cut the deficit in half at 10:46. Mancari followed with a man-advantage goal off a rebound at 16:26 to tie the score.
Third-period goals from IceHogs centers Brandon Pirri and Mark McNeill appeared to seal the game for Rockford, but Wolves center Keith Aucoin scored with four seconds remaining while an extra attacker was on the ice to send it to overtime.
Pirri, center Joakim Nordstrom and left winger Terry Broadhurst were successful in the shootout for Rockford.
Chicago goaltender Jake Allen (21-11-2) stopped 38 shots through regulation and overtime and five of eight in the shootout. Rockford netminder Kent Simpson (9-12-1) had 31 saves in regulation and four in the shootout.Copyright © 2015, RedEye