ROSEMONT, Ill.–The Chicago Wolves wrapped up a weekend series against the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday at Allstate Arena.
Ryan Wagner scored for the Wolves but it wasn’t enough as the Admirals skated to a 2-1 victory to split the back-to-back games between the Central Division rivals.
“We did a really good job at sticking to our system through the full 60 but they capitalized on their Grade-A chances,” Wagner said. “Unfortunately, we had some bad bounces and they had some big blocks and some good saves. That’s hockey—that’s the way it goes. But I was really happy with the way we stuck to our game plan and fought until the end.”
On Sunday, the Admirals grabbed a 2-0 lead after one period on goals by Kevin Wall and Tye Felhaber.
Wagner got the Wolves on the scoreboard late in the second. The forward’s shot from the top of the right circle deflected off the stick of the Admirals’ Mark Jankowski and eluded Milwaukee goaltender Troy Groesnick to the stick side. Hudson Elynuik and Austin Strand earned assists on Wagner’s first goal of the season.
“Elynuik made a good play getting the defender up high and then dropping to me,” Wagner said. “I went for (teammate Cavan Fitzgerald) back door and their D-man stuck his stick out and deflected it in. I’d rather win than score a goal but I’ll take what I can get.”
The Wolves outshot Milwaukee 12-5 in the third but couldn’t get anything past Grosenick.
Adam Scheel (27 saves) suffered the loss in goal for the Wolves while Grosenick (33 saves) earned the win for the Admirals.
The Wolves dropped to 3-8-1-1 on the season while Milwaukee upped its record to 7-6-0-0.
“This is a really good group,” Wagner said. “We have a really good coaching staff and we’re going to keep battling. This thing is going to turn around hopefully sooner rather than later.”
Next up: The Wolves travel to San Diego to face the Gulls on Friday night (9 p.m.).
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