Milwaukee Scores Five Unanswered to Tame Wolves
Dec 27, 2008
The Milwaukee Admirals scored five third period goals, four on the power play, to earn a 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Chicago Wolves Saturday night at Allstate Arena.
The Admirals converted all four power play chances it had in the third period and finished four-for-eight in the game with the man-advantage. Conversely, Chicago did not score a power play goal in eight chances of its own.
The win was Milwaukee’s 20th in 30 games this season and pushed Milwaukee into sole possession of first place in the West Divison with 41 points.
Ryan Jones scored twice while Mike Santorelli, Hugh Jessiman and Jed Ortmeyer chimed in, too.
Trailing 3-0 after two periods, the Admirals finally got on the board when Jones tapped in a perfect pass from the right corner by Patric Hornqvist at 4:48 of the third period. The goal, scored on Milwaukee’s fifth power play opportunity of the night, was Jones’ ninth goal of the season and second on the power play. Hornqvist and Alex Sulzer notched the assists.
Chicago found more penalty troubles later in the period when Rylan Kaip went to the penalty box for tripping at 8:27 and Spencer Machacek was assessed a penalty for hooking at 9:32. With a two-man advantage, Santorelli was able to beat Chicago goalie Ondrej Pavelec with a shot from the left post after another pass from Hornqvist. Cal O’Reilly set up in the right corner and found Hornqvist in the slot. Hornqvist steered the puck to Santorelli for his team-leading 11th goal of the season (seventh on the power play) at 10:03.
Less than a minute later, with Machacek still in the penalty box, Jones scored his second of the night off a rebound of an Alex Sulzer shot. Nick Spaling tipped the Sulzer shot on goal and, with Sulzer, earned an assist on Jones’ 10th of the year and third power play tally.
The lone even-strength goal scored by the Admirals was a result of a strong forecheck by the line of Jessiman, Kelsey Wilson and Santorelli. Wilson forced a turnover behind the Wolves net then found Santorelli with a pass above the left circle. Santorelli passed the puck into the crease where Jessiman deked right before going left and planting a back-hander into the net for what proved to be the game-winner with 5:30 to play. It was Jessiman’s fifth goal of the season.
Ortmeyer’s power play goal at 17:05 iced the win for Milwaukee. Mark Matheson’s pass from the right point went to Santorelli along the right wing boards. Santorelli’s pass was perfect for a one-timer by Ortmeyer’s fourth goal of the season and first on the power play.
Chicago’s goals were scored by Machacek at 5:13 of the first period, Joe Motzko at 6:28 of the first and Steve Martins at 19:29 of the second period.
Milwaukee goalie Drew MacIntyre stopped 30 of 33 shots for the win.
The Admirals host San Antonio Monday at 7 p.m.