Admirals Don't Like the Sterling Look
Feb 14, 2008
Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee Admirals suffered their second overtime loss to the Chicago Wolves this season Thursday night at the Bradley Center falling 3-2. Cal O’Reilly and Cody Franson both scored their tenth goals of the season while netminder Pekka Rinne had 24 saves on the night.
The Admirals entered the game looking to even up their seasonal 3-4-1-0 record versus Chicago. Chicago celebrated first, lighting the lamp just 1:37 into the game. Chicago forward Brett Sterling beat Rinne to the stick side with a slap shot from slot that Rinne got a piece of but couldn’t quite make the save.
Milwaukee would battle back, however, and cancelled out the Chicago goal at the back end of the period. John Vigilante took a shot from in front of the Chicago net which was blocked by goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. O’Reilly recovered the rebound and easily tapped the puck past Pavelec who was still out of position from the Vigilante save.
Both teams took the ice for the second period bent on breaking the 1-1 tie. Milwaukee attacked Chicago’s end of the ice incessantly, racking up 7 shots on goal in the first 5 minutes of play. Despite close calls in both zones, netminders Rinne and Pavelec made 18 saves collectively to keep the score unchanged heading into the third.
At the 14:46 mark, with Milwaukee in full control within the Chicago zone, the puck found its way to Franson positioned just below the blue line. His slapshot rippled the mesh to make the score 2-2 and bringing the win back into reach for the Ads. For the final few minutes, both offensive units created many scoring opportunities but both Rinne and Pavelec held on to send the game into sudden death overtime.
To the dismay of the Milwaukee bench, the overtime period ended almost as quickly as it begun. Just 1:08 into the period, LaValle potted the game-winner for Chicago, his second goal of the night.
Despite the loss, Milwaukee still earned a point to push their season total to 57 and within two points of Houston Aeros who currently hold fifth place in the West Division.
The Admirals have a busy weekend, facing off against the Grand Rapids Griffins on the road Saturday night before returning to the Bradley Center for a Sunday afternoon match versus the Rockford IceHogs at 4:00 pm. Fans can purchase tickets for any home game by calling the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550, or by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com.