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Chicago pulls closer in playoff race

The Chicago Wolves beat the Iowa Stars, 2-1, at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. on Sunday.

With the win the Wolves pulled to within three points of the Stars for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division.

Scott Barney scored a goal and an assist for the Wolves, including the game winner 53 seconds into the third period.

Wolves goaltender Michael Garnett was solid in net, making 24 saves on 25 shots to earn his 15th win of the season.

Ramzi Abid started the game’s scoring 12:30 into the first period with his team leading 33rd goal of the season, assisted by Barney and Jimmy Sharrow.

David Oliver scored the lone goal for the Stars.

The Wolves (35-31-3-8, 81 pts.) are currently tied for fifth place in the West Divison with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights and have three regular season games remaining, including one against the Iowa Stars on Tuesday night. The Stars (38-30-1-7, 84 pts.) have four games left in their regular season schedule.

Elsewhere on Sunday:

  • Scott Reid made 24 saves on 25 shots as Peoria downed Omaha, 4-1, for the second time in two nights.
  • Hamilton beat Manitoba, 4-3, in the final seconds of regulation on a goal from Andrei Kostitsyn.
  • Tony Voce netted three goals, his third coming with 1:07 left in the third period, helping Philadelphia to a 6-5 win over Norfolk.
  • Tyler Redenbach scored a hat trick as Providence beat Springfield, 6-1.
  • Houston beat San Antonio, 5-4. on an overtime winner from Curtis Murphy with 8 seconds remaining in the extra frame.
  • Marvin Degon gave the Wolf Pack a 3-2 victory over Lowell with a goal 2:32 into overtime.
  • Aleksander Suglobov scored his second goal of the game and 32nd of the year in overtime to give Toronto a 5-4 win over Syracuse.
  • Rochester scored three goals in the third period to come-from-behind and beat Grand Rapids, 6-4.
  • Igor Pohanka scored twice to help Portland to a 5-2 victory over Bridgeport.