The American Hockey League's (AHL) Calgary Wranglers fought their way back from a 3 - 1 deficit with a pair of third-period goals before leading scorer Matthew Phillips got the winner in overtime to send the team to a 4 - 3 victory over the Abbotsford Canucks last night (April 28) in Calgary.
The win was the second straight for Calgary and puts them up 2 - 0 in the best-of-five series heading to game three which is set for Wednesday night in Abbotsford. It was also the second straight time the teams have needed overtime in the series. On Wednesday night the Wranglers beat the Canucks 3 - 2.
Abbotsford looked like they were in control of the game going into the third period. During the regular season, the Canucks had a record of 28-0-1-1 when leading after 40 minutes. However, it wasn't long into the third before the Wranglers tied things up on goals by Ben Jones and Dryden Hunt to eventually send the contest to overtime.
Phillips, who only had a total of 12 minutes in penalties during the regular season, was tossed from the first game after being assessed a spearing penalty. Fortunately for the Wranglers, the AHL didn't think the infraction warranted a suspension so Phillips, who had 76 points to lead Calgary during the regular season, got to play in game two. He made the best of the situation by scoring the winning goal 7:49 into the extra frame.
Wrangler goalie, and the AHL Most Valuable Player, Dustin Wolf made 24 saves in the game while Arturs Silovs finished the night with 38 stops in the Canucks net.
No matter if the series is over in three games or the Canucks can extend it to five, all of the remaining games in the series will be played in Abbotsford.
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