ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Wolves got goals from Nathan Sucese, Josh Melnick and Tukka Tieksola but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at Allstate Arena.
Jordan Gross scored the game-winner in the extra period as Milwaukee won its third in a row. Phil Tomasino added two goals and Egor Afanasyev also scored for the Admirals.
The Wolves staged a third-period comeback to push the game into overtime and earn a point.
“Going down in the game is not easy,” Melnick said. “We’ve been in that situation a couple of times already this year but I think our fight (Saturday night) was great. When facing adversity, it’s easy to just kind of pack it in but we were pretty resilient and that’s a good sign.”
After Milwaukee struck first on a goal by Tomasino, the Wolves answered on Sucese’s second goal of the season. The winger’s shot from the top of the right circle eluded Admirals goaltender Yaroslav Askarov to tie the game at 1-1.
Later in the opening period, the Wolves took the lead on a highlight-reel score by Melnick. The center reached behind his back and redirected a shot by teammate Anttoni Honka past a startled Askarov. The goal was Melnick’s second of the season and his fourth point in his last three games.
“It was a good play by my linemates,” Melnick said. “(Jamieson) Rees got the puck to me in the middle and Honka made a good play. I just saw it behind me and tried to swing at it and got a piece of it.”
Honka’s assist extended the rookie defenseman’s points streak to all six Wolves contests this season.
After a scoreless second, Milwaukee struck twice in the third on another goal by Tomasino and one by Afanasyev to take a 3-2 lead.
The Wolves tied it when Tieksola tipped in a shot by William Lagesson for his first goal of the season.
Gross’ goal then won it in overtime.
Pyotr Kochetkov (46 saves) suffered the loss in goal for the Wolves while Askarov (30 saves) captured the win for Milwaukee.
The Wolves dropped to 2-3-1-0 on the season while the Admirals improved to 4-2-0-0.
Next up: The Wolves travel to Cleveland to face the Monsters on Nov. 4.
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