International Hockey League Playoff Roundup From Tuesday, May 15
Posted: Wed May 16, 2001 at 6:44 a.m EDTCHICAGO 6, MANITOBA 4
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Ticker) -- Steve Larouche scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period as the Chicago Wolves rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Manitoba Moose, 6-4, and win their best-of-seven semifinal, 4-2. After Brian Chapman gave Manitoba a 4-1 lead with a power-play goal midway through the second period, Paul Kruse began Chicago's rally with an even-strength goal with just 22 seconds left in the period. Guy Larose opened the scoring in the Wolves' four-goal third period with his first goal of the playoffs 2:52 into the final frame, and Bob Nardella tied the score at four with his second goal of the game at the 8:17 mark. Larouche, the league's leading playoff scorer who had been held in check by the Moose for most of the game, tallied his league-best 12th goal of the postseason with 6:02 left in the third period to give the Wolves their first lead of the game. Steve Maltais sealed the victory with an even-strength tally at the 17:32 mark as Chicago, which won the Turner Cup last season, advanced to this year's finals by winning the last three games of the series. Richard Shulmistra picked up the win despite giving up four goals on only 15 shots. Steve Brule paced Manitoba with two goals and a pair of assists. Ken Wregget took the loss after he was tagged for six goals on 27 shots. The Moose, who were outshot in the third period, 11-3, went 3-for-4 on the power play.
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