Playing for the fourth time in seven nights and less than 48 hours after closing out its first-round series, the Iowa Wild was back at it again on Wednesday night, this time in Game 1 of the Central Division Finals against the Chicago Wolves.
Not surprisingly, the teams played a back-and-forth affair that went to overtime, but it was Cody Glass' goal late in the extra session that lifted the Wolves to a 3-2 win, giving Chicago a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Four of the eight regular season meetings between the clubs went to overtime, with both teams scoring a grand total of 21 goals, so it didn't come as a shocker that Wednesday's game was a nail-biter.
Gerry Mayhew had a pair of goals for Iowa, which led 2-1 after 40 minutes.
Nic Hague scored his second goal of the playoffs for Chicago at 6:28 of the third period to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Iowa had a bulk of the better chances in the extra session but couldn't solve Chicago goaltender Oscar Dansk, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in overtime.
With the end of the first overtime looming, Tye McGinn found Glass near the left hashes with a nice pass through traffic and the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft didn't miss.
The goal was the third of the postseason for Glass and his sixth in 12 games since joining the Wolves late in the regular season at the conclusion of a brilliant junior hockey career with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.
Daniel Carr, the AHL's Most Valuable Player during the regular season, had a pair of assists in his first game of the postseason after missing all five first-round contests against the Grand Rapids Griffins because of an injury.
Brooks Macek, who like Carr, missed the entire first round because of injury, scored the game's opening goal 14:24 in. Four minutes later, Mayhew tied it with his fifth of the playoffs. He'd add his second of the night with under four minutes left in the second period to give Iowa the lead.
Wild goaltender Andrew Hammond, making his sixth-straight start in the postseason, was credited with 26 saves on 29 shots.
The Wild is now 0-2 in overtime games this postseason after losing Game 4 of its first-round series 5-4 to the Admirals. Iowa responded by winning the deciding Game 5 three nights later by a 2-1 margin.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Thursday night at Allstate Arena before the series shifts to Des Moines for Games 3, 4, and if necessary, Game 5.
(Iowa) Wild Warmup: Breaking down the Central Division Final against Chicago