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Wolves suffer first loss, fall 4-1 at Abbotsford

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C.--The Chicago Wolves saw three impressive streaks end Saturday night, including the only one that matters in the American Hockey League.

Not only did the Wolves surrender their first second-period goal of the season and trail for the first time all season, they suffered their first loss as Abbotsford's three third-period goals sent the Wolves to a 4-1 defeat before 7,046 at Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.

Heat center Ben Walter set up Dustin Sylvester for the go-ahead goal at 8:44 of the third period and Sven Baertschi for the insurance tally at 12:44.

Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack (3-1-0) had the plentiful Vancouver Canucks fans in the stands chanting his name admiringly during the first two periods, but Heat fans changed it to a derisive cheer in the third as Abbotsford kept rolling.

Chicago (4-1-0-0) took the lead at 8:19 of the first period as prized right wing Zack Kassian opened the scoring. Defenseman Yann Sauve fought for the puck along the boards and sent it toward Kassian, who fired a shot from the slot past Heat goaltender Barry Brust (1-0-0).

Abbotsford (3-0-0-1) tied it at 5:10 of the second when Lack ranged far from the crease to pass the puck to a teammate. Center Adam Estoclet claimed possession and fed Carter Bancks for an easy goal before Lack could scramble back.

Lack finished with 37 saves while Brust posted 25 stops in his season debut.

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