ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves scored three times in the last six minutes of the second period and fought off a late rally to escape with a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Allstate Arena Sunday night.
Forwards Jason Krog (2A) and Jared Ross (G, A) and defenseman Noah Welch (2A) each tallied two points for the Wolves in the victory, while forwards Darren Haydar, Andre Deveaux and Fredrik Pettersson also scored for Chicago (4-2-1-0).
“It’s a bittersweet win when an easy game turns into fighting to keep a one-goal lead,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “It’s tough to stay focused when you’re up 4-0 and the other team has nothing to lose and is coming at you and we understand that, but we shouldn’t be giving up three goals when we’re up 4-0.”
Chicago took a 1-0 lead, 5:41 into the game with a power-play tally from Pettersson. Ross moved the puck out from behind the net and Pettersson ripped a low shot past Admirals goaltender Chet Pickard from below the right face-off circle.
The Wolves kicked off their second period rally when Ross made the lead 2-0 with 6:01 remaining in the frame. Right wing Spencer Machacek collected the puck along the right boards and shipped it across the ice to Ross, who drove into the zone and lasered a shot past Pickard’s glove side.
Haydar made it 3-0 for Chicago at 15:33 of the middle frame. Krog controlled the puck along the left boards and slipped a pass to Haydar on the goal line. The right wing turned and angled a shot that banked off Pickard’s left pad and into the back of the net.
Deveaux put the Wolves up, 4-0, with a power-play marker at 17:48 of the second period. Deveaux was stationed in front of the net where he was able to pounce on the rebound from Krog’s shot and lift it up over Pickard to give Chicago a 4-0 lead.
Pickard (0-3-1) turned aside 31 shots for the Admirals in the loss.
Milwaukee (3-2-1-1) got on the board with a power-play tally of their own, 52 seconds into the third period when left wing Linus Klasen ripped a shot past Wolves goaltender Edward Pasquale high into the left corner of the net.
The Admirals cut Chicago’s lead to 4-2 when left wing Gabriel Bourque stole the puck from Pasquale behind the goal and deposited it into the net at 3:22.
Milwaukee pulled within one, 4-3, at 16:02 of the final frame when center Blake Geoffrion fed the puck out from behind the net to Andreas Thuresson in front for a quick snap past Pasquale.
Pasquale (4-1-0) turned aside 28 shots for Chicago, which includes holding the Admirals scoreless in the opening 40 minutes of the game.
The Wolves host the Oklahoma City Barons at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Milwaukee 0 0 3 -- 3
Chicago 1 3 0 -- 4
First Period---1, Chicago, Pettersson 1 (Ross, Welch), 5:41 pp. Penalties---Mueller, Milwaukee (elbowing), 3:46; Hunt, Chicago (hooking), 8:29; Pettersson, Chicago (interference), 12:08; Ford, Milwaukee (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; Deveaux, Chicago (roughing), 20:00.
Second Period---2, Chicago, Ross 2 (Machacek, Sifers), 13:59; 3, Chicago, Haydar 2 (Krog, Welch), 15:33; 4, Chicago, Deaveaux 2 (Krog, Dawes), 17:48 pp. Penalties---Bench, Chicago (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:44; Santorelli, Milwaukee (hooking), 16:19; Sifers, Chicago (cross-checking), 19:02.
Third Period---5, Milwaukee, Klasen 7 (Geoffrion, Blum) 0:52 pp; 6, Milwaukee, Bourque 1 (unassisted), 3:22; 7, Milwaukee, Thuresson 3 (Geoffrion, Klasen), 16:02. Penalties---Kozek, Chicago (misconduct), 3:22; Begin, Milwaukee (interference), 18:09.
Shots on goal---Milwaukee: 8-13-10--31. Chicago: 13-14-8--35. Power plays---Milwaukee: 1-4. Chicago: 2-3. Goalies---Milwaukee, Pickard (31-35). Chicago, Pasquale (28-31). A---3,935. Referee---Shaun Davis. Linesmen---Aaron Mills and Jesse Pletsch.