ROSEMONT, Ill. -- A full moon last night, its effects felt on the ice in the Chicagoland area.
Drew MacIntyre made 29 saves and was credited with the overtime winner -- his first goal of his career -- as the Manitoba Moose beat the Chicago Wolves 2-1 in front of 4,127 at Allstate Arena last night.
The goal came at the 4:04 mark of the overtime session, with referee Ryan Fraser's hand up on a delayed Moose penalty as the Wolves swarmed the Manitoba net. The puck bounced off the Moose goaltender at one point and found its way behind the net where Chicago forward Steve Martins grabbed it and passed it out front.
One problem: No one was there to receive the pass.
The puck slid all the way down into the empty Wolves net (as coach John Anderson had summoned goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to the bench for the extra attacker) and 195 feet later, it was game over.
"I'll take it," MacIntyre said afterwards, in disbelief that the goal was his. "That's the bounces, I guess."
The Moose (29-22-2-2) will take it, as the win keeps them on pace with the Hamilton Bulldogs for second spot in the North Division (both teams have 62 points).
"Lucky to be good or good to be lucky," said Moose coach Scott Arniel.
"Obviously we've had a lot of different scenarios where it would have gone the other way. However it happened, we found a way to win. We played a good hockey game in a tough building."
The coach knew it was going in as soon as it cleared the Moose zone.
"I knew it was on line, I just wasn't sure if their guy was going to get there," he said.
MacIntyre became the ninth AHL goalie to score a goal and the second to score in overtime. Antero Niittymaki of the Philadelphia Phantoms did it in 2004.
More proof of the wacky powers of a full moon: The return of Pierre-Cedric Labrie to the score sheet. Halloween. That was the last time the big Frenchman scored a goal, a drought of 36 games. When his quick shot hit a Wolves defenceman stick and slipped by Pavelec in the second period, Labrie fought off the smile on the exterior but you know he had to be beaming on the inside.
Bryan Little scored for the Wolves.
Manitoba bussed to Grand Rapids following the game and will face the Griffins tomorrow and Saturday night at Van Andel Arena (both games at 6 p.m.). The Moose conclude this four-game road swing Sunday afternoon in Peoria.