TORONTO – It’s seems only fitting a that game featuring legendary defenceman Chris Chelios felt like it would never end.
Juraj Mikus scored the decisive goal for Toronto as the Marlies beat the Chicago Wolves 5-4 in a 10-round shootout Friday in American Hockey League action.
Tyler Bozak and Greg Scott also scored the shootout for the Marlies, while Toronto netminder Andrew Engelage stopped eight Chicago shooters.
Chicago did well to even make it to a shootout, taking three minor penalties in overtime. The closest Toronto came to scoring on their extended two-man advantages came when Alex Berry fired a puck off the crossbar.
Toronto has now won two in a row, while Chicago has dropped five of six.
The crowd of 2,851 at Ricoh Coliseum had the opportunity to watch the 47-year-old Chelios attempt to extend his National Hockey League career by playing in the AHL.
Chelios said earlier Friday that he turned down an offer from an NHL team a week and a half ago because he wasn’t keen to be low on the depth chart. He finished pointless against Toronto.
Bozak, who missed the previous five games with a high-ankle sprain, had a goal and an assist for Toronto in regulation. Josh Engel, Viktor Stalberg and Jonas Frogren also scored for the Marlies (12-9-4).
Kevin Doell, Brett Sterling, Jason Krog and Anthony Stewart replied for the Wolves (12-12-2).
Toronto emerged with a 4-3 lead from a frantic second period that saw the teams combine for seven goals.
That advantage lasted until just past the halfway mark of the third when Stewart slid a puck through Engelage’s pads.
After failing to cash on their overtime power plays, Mikus earned Toronto the extra point by deking Wolves goalie Drew MacIntyre in the shootout.
Both teams found their touch after the scoreless first, though neither Engelage nor MacIntyre did much to stem the tide during the goal-filled second.
Bozak banged home Toronto’s first goal to tie the game 1-1, as a point shot bounced off a body in the slot and slid to him at the side of the net. That came after Doell had opened the scoring just one minute into the period for Chicago.
Engel’s first of the year on a power play put Toronto up 2-1. After Sterling pulled Chicago even, Stalberg fired a wrist shot to the top shelf to give the Marlies a 3-2 lead.
Krog hammered home another power-play goal to once again tie the game before Frogren ended the second with a point shot that changed direction on its way in.
Notes: Stalberg has scored in consecutive games and has five goals and seven assists in his last 10. … Christian Hanson returned to the Marlies after a six-game stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs, registering an assist. … Marlies right-winger Richard Greenop, the youngest player on the ice Friday night, is 27 years and 30 days Chelios’ junior.