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Jamieson Rees Scores Twice, Chicago Wolves Hold Off Rockford IceHogs 6-5

Chicago jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period, and held off Rockford’s third-period rally to end a three-game losing streak.

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Jamieson Rees scored twice, and the Chicago Wolves ended their three-game losing streak with a 6-5 win against the Rockford IceHogs on Monday at Triphahn Center Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates.

Phil Tomasino had a goal and an assist, and Dominik Bokk and Josh Healey each had two assists for the Wolves (19-8-1-2). Beck Warm made 23 saves.

Brandon Pirri scored twice for the IceHogs (11-18-1), who have lost three straight. Tom Aubrun made 25 saves in his first AHL start. He allowed two goals on 19 shots in 31:42 of ice time in relief against Chicago in his AHL debut March 3.

First Period

Phil Tomasino skated around IceHogs defenseman Anton Lindholm then scored his team-high 13th goal with a wrist shot for a 1-0 Chicago lead 35 seconds into the game.

Rees made it 2-0 at 1:11 on a rebound.

Rees scored his second when he skated around IceHogs defenseman Cole Moberg and knocked in a rebound on his backhand to make it 3-0 at 10:32.

Brandon Hickey extended it to 4-0 at 15:29 on a rebound from Luke Evangelista’s shot off Aubrun’s right pad.

Mitchell Fossier cut it to 4-1 at 16:40 when he received DJ Busdeker’s backhand pass and scored from the slot.

Second Period

Pirri intercepted Max Lajoie’s pass across the blue line and scored on a breakaway to bring the IceHogs within 4-2 at 14:57 of the second period.

David Cotton redirected Healey’s shot from the point to make it 5-2 at 16:10.

Third Period

Pirri cut it to 5-3 at 3:48 of the third period when he scored on the power play with a one-timer from the top of the right circle. His 76 goals in 245 games rank second all-time in IceHogs’ history to Jeremy Morin’s 90 goals in 236 games.

Tommy Novak extended his point streak to seven games with a one-timer from the right circle to make it 6-3 at 5:18. He has four goals and seven assists during his point streak.

Anton Lindholm’s wrist shot redirected off Sean Malone to cut it to 6-4 at 10:34, and Chris Wilkie made it 6-5 at 11:54 with a blast from the top of the right circle.

Matej Chalupa hit the right post on a breakaway with 5:18 remaining for one of Rockford’s best chances to tie it in the closing minutes.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Wolves visit the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) at 6:00 PM CDT Wednesday before a home-and-home against the IceHogs on Friday in Rockford and Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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