Wolves (December 8, 2013)
7:16 p.m. CST, December 8, 2013
The way things are going with the struggling Wolves, even a victory wasn't enough to put a smile on coach John Anderson's face Sunday afternoon.
But he wasn't complaining either after the Wolves rallied three times to earn a 5-4 shootout victory over the Oklahoma City Barons at Allstate Arena.
Ty Rattie scored twice in regulation — including the tying goal with less than 18 seconds remaining — and added another during the shootout to give the Wolves only their second victory in the last seven games.
"We're not a quitting team, that's for sure," Anderson said. "We try right to the end. Fortunately we got a good bounce there and Rattie was pretty hot, so we got the win. That was the best I've ever seen us in a shootout."
Rattie, Shane Harper and Dmitrij Jaskin scored in the shootout, while Matt Climie stopped all three shooters he faced. Sergey Andronov and Chris Porter scored in regulation for the Wolves (11-10-0-2). Climie finished with 23 saves to earn his second win of the season.
"(Saturday) was a bitter loss for us, and we knew we had to come back with a better effort," Rattie said, referring to the Wolves' 5-2 loss to the Barons. "Really a character win. This is what builds teams up."
Rattie did his share of the building in the final seven minutes of regulation. His first goal came on a redirection of a Brent Regner shot after muscling his way out of a check along the boards to get in front of the net for the tip.
After the Barons tied it less than three minutes later, Rattie forced overtime by batting a loose puck from a scramble in front of goalie Ty Rimmer with 17.6 seconds left.
"Confidence is a huge part of the game and you've got to feel like you belong here," said Rattie, a rookie who has a team-high eight goals. "You've got to feel like you can create stuff. Lucky for me I got a couple bounces and a big win for the team."