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Same opponent, same location, different result for the Chicago Wolves on Tuesday.

Steve Pinizzotto scored two goals as the Wolves earned a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Checkers at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Chicago lost 4-1 at Charlotte on Sunday.

Wolves goalie Eddie Lack stopped 24 of 25 shots, while Checkers netminder Dan Ellis saved 41 of 43.

Just as on Sunday, the Checkers (7-3-0-1) got the first goal. Left wing Chris Terry scored off a redirect from Bobby Sanguinetti, tipping the puck past Lack at 12:44 in the first period.

The Wolves (7-3-1-0) howled back early in the second. Brett Sterling, riding a three-game point streak, carried the puck through a tight Charlotte defense and fired a shot at Ellis. The rebound ricocheted right into the path of Pinizzotto, who rifled his first score of the season 1:04 into the period.

Pinizzotto jumped on another rebound and flipped home his second goal of the game at 12:50 of the second period.

The Wolves tried to make it a two-goal game moments later, but Zack Kassian's apparent score was waved off because of goalie interference.

Another near-goal by Wolves captain Darren Haydar was also canceled late in the third period, this time because of a hand pass.

Both teams continued to have their chances -- and both goalies made highlight-reel-worthy saves -- to keep the score stagnant, but Chicago held onto the lead until the end.

The Wolves ended up outshooting the Checkers 43-25, another reversal from Sunday, when Charlotte held a 34-28 shot advantage.

The two teams are now tied for first place in the Western Conference with 15 points.

The Wolves continue their five-game road trip when they travel to visit the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday at 7 p.m. CST at Bradley Center.

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