Las Vegas–Last night the Vegas Golden Knights AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves were just about an hour plus drive due south from the “Big D” as they took on the AHL Affiliate of Dallas Stars, the Texas Stars to kick off their 2017-18 campaign.
Earlier in the week, the Chicago Wolves received some major reinforcements when the Vegas Golden Knights made a series of roster moves to get them to their 23 man lineup ahead of their regular season contest against the Dallas Stars.
The first move the Golden Knights made was General Manager George McPhee put Teemu Pulkkinen on waivers back on October 2 which he cleared the next day.
On October 3, the Golden Knights assigned forwards Vadim Shipachyov and Alex Tuch along with defenseman Shea Theodore to the Wolves.
In the opening period of the Chicago Wolves vs Texas Stars game, it was an all Golden Knights inspired marker when defenseman Theodore and forward Pulkkinen teamed up and connected with Tuch to tie the game at 1-1 at the 9:48 mark.
In the 2nd period, Tuch scored his second of the night when he connected with Pulkkinen again and newly signed Brandon Pirri that brought the contest to a 3-2 Texas Stars lead at the 4:06 mark of the middle frame.
At the 2:40 mark of 3rd period forward Pulkkinen converted from a setup by defenseman Theodore and scored his first goal of the season courtesy of a sweet breakaway to make it 3-4 Texas Stars lead.
Later in the 3rd period, Tuch recorded his hat trick of the night when he connected with blueliner Chris Casto at the 12:06 mark and closed the gap on Texas to a 6-4 game.
Tuch made history with Chicago as the 3rd player in franchise history to record a hat trick on opening night.
Over 2 minutes later in the final period of the game, Jake Bischof and Tuch helped defenseman Theodore tighten the contest up with his 1st of the season to make in 5-6 Texas lead.
This was as far as the Chicago Wolves would get as they fell 5-6 to the Texas Stars.
3 Stars Of The Game
Chicago Wolves: Alex Tuch (3 goals and 1 assist)
Chicago Wolves: Shea Theodore (1 goal and 2 assists)
Chicago Wolves: Teemu Pulkkinen (1 goal and 2 assists)