MILWAUKEE -- After having a tough time against the Milwaukee Admirals last season, the Chicago Wolves started the 2013-14 series on a sweeter note with a 3-2 victory in overtime on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The game was played with an upbeat tempo that actually started during pregame warm-ups with some words and shoving between players at center ice. One of the players who was involved, Chicago forward Mark Mancari, made a difference on the ice, scoring the first and last goals of the game.
Mancari, who has five points in his last three games, scored on a blast less than seven minutes into the first period and added the winner just 1:30 into overtime.
Both Mancari goals were assisted by center Corey Locke. The first -- a heads-up pass and the second a well-placed saucer pass over the stick of a defenseman -- showed a connection between the two forwards.
Mancari credited his chemistry with Locke to the three seasons they spent playing together for the Ottawa 67's in juniors.
The Wolves also received a goal from Tyler Shattock, his second in two games.
Scoring goals for Milwaukee were Mathieu Tousignant and Simon Moser.
Wolves goaltender Jake Allen picked up the win with 30 saves.
Chicago (3-3-0-0) faces its division rival 11 more times this season. The Wolves won only two of 12 meetings last season.