Hanging By A Thread; Admirals Fall 5-1 in Chicago

(Photo Credit: Dale Woltman)

The Milwaukee Admirals lost 5-1 on the road against the Chicago Wolves at the Allstate Arena on Saturday night.

Thanks to a three-goal comeback that saw the Texas Stars rally back in the third period to defeat the Rockford IceHogs: the Admirals remain alive by the slimmest of margins.

Tonight’s game saw the Wolves demonstrate drive in their pursuit of the Central Division crown. The Admirals remain alive by a single point. They must now run the table and hope the IceHogs don’t gain a point until the end of the regular season.

It didn’t take long before the Wolves got on the board tonight. 3:27 into the contest saw pro debutant Nicolas Hague spring Keegan Kolesar down the left wing. He would center a pass for Scooter Vaughan down the slot and the redirect hopped over the right pad of Anders Lindbäck for his second goal of the season.

Following a slashing call against Yakov Trenin the Admirals found a response shorthanded. The Admirals cleared the length of the ice to Oscar Dansk and, as Anthony Richard pressured him, he cleared around the boards right to Frédérick Gaudreau who was able to get a shot on target before Dansk goal back to the net for his twenty-first goal of the season.

Before the end of the first period the Wolves reclaimed the lead. They entered the zone with pace and an Admirals clear attempt trickled back in line for Jake Bischoff. The Wolves defenseman skated into the left wing circle and put a wrister over the right shoulder of Lindbäck for his sixth goal of the season.

In the second period Jimmy Oligny attempted to square off with Teemu Pulkkinen. He was assessed a roughing minor and with three-seconds remaining on the Wolves power-play they made it a 3-1 game. Jason Garrison wound up a slap shot from the left wing wall and hammered the puck past Lindbäck for his eighth goal of the season.

Towards the end of the second period Hague took a shove to the back of Gaudreau that would have resulted in an Admirals power-play for boarding. Instead, Oligny raced in to get his fight. The slugfest went his way but he earned an instigator and ten-minute misconduct for his troubles.

The third period saw the Wolves score yet again to take a 4-1 lead. The Admirals were in full control of the puck as they were skating out of their zone. Pulkkinen skated right up on Bobby Butler, took the puck off his tape as he was scanning for an outlet pass, and then fed Brett Sterling on the doorstep for his fourteenth goal of the season.

With 4:17 remaining in regulation the Admirals attempted to go for broke and go for the extra attacker. Wade Megan would score from distance into the empty net to pick up his eleventh goal of the season and make it a 5-1 final.

The Admirals are in action tomorrow afternoon when they host the Iowa Wild at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena at 3:00 PM CDT. They will see these Wolves one last time on Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals last played there were no roster moves made by the organization. Tonight’s line combinations and defensive pairings were: Zolnierczyk-Pettersson-Gaudreau, Richard-Smith-Butler, Trenin-Gaudet-McNeill, Bollig-Kirkland-Moy, Oligny-Dougherty, Carrier-Ramage, Allard-Granberg. Tonight’s scratches included: Cody Bass (upper-body), Joonas Lyytinen (undisclosed), Trevor Mingoia (undisclosed), Zeb Knutson (healthy), and Mark Zengerle (undisclosed).

What is your reaction to tonight’s game? Was this just a case of the Chicago Wolves getting back in stride after a tough loss last night? Will we see the Milwaukee Admirals officially be eliminated from playoff contention tomorrow night?

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