Milwaukee Loses See-Saw Game in Shootout
Mar 14, 2009
Joe Motzko was the only shooter to score in a shootout as the Chicago Wolves beat the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday at Allstate Arena 5-4.
Milwaukee’s final shooter in the shootout, Cal O’Reilly, hit the crossbar to give the Wolves the win.
Riley Holzapfel gave Chicago an early lead with a quick shot from the slot that beat Admirals goalie Drew MacIntyre low to his stick side. Holzapfel’s goal, scored at 1:14 of the first period, was assisted by Spencer Machacek and Jamie Rivers.
Milwaukee knotted the game when Mike Santorelli scored his team-leading 19th of the season at 2:18 of the first period. Jed Ortmeyer dumped the puck to the left corner of Chicago’s zone. Santorelli tracked the puck down, passed to Tim Ramholt at the left point and received a return pass before moving in front of the Wolves goal to tuck the puck in. Ramholt and Ortmeyer notched helpers.
Penalty trouble for Milwaukee led to Chicago’s second goal. Kelsey Wilson and O’Reilly both went to the penalty box at 5:37 of the first; Wilson received two minutes for roughing and two for cross-checking while O’Reilly was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct. Chicago’s Steve Martins scored on a backdoor pass with eight seconds left in the 5-on-3 penalty to take the lead. The Wolves had entered the game just converting just two of 32 power plays against Milwaukee in six contests.
Milwaukee finally tied the score again at 14:40 of the second period. With the teams playing 4-on-4, Nick Spaling stole the puck at center ice. As he crossed the Wolves blue line, he passed to Scott Ford at the right point. Ford’s snapshot went off Pavelec’s glove and into the net. Ford’s fourth goal of the season was assisted solely by Spaling.
The Admirals took the lead for the first time at 18:05 of the second period. Alex Sulzer slapped a pass from the left corner in the Admirals zone to the Wolves blue line for O’Reilly. O’Reilly tipped the pass to Patric Hornqvist who crashed to the net. The save was made but Wilson knocked in the rebound for his 13th goal of the season. Hornqvist and O’Reilly recorded the assists.
The Wolves tied the game and, eventually, took the lead in the third period on a Jordan LaVallee goal at 7:45 and another power play goal from Martins at 8:30.
Milwaukee defenseman Robert Dietrich tied the game with a power play goal on a slapshot from the slot at 13:23 of the third. Santorelli and Hugh Jessiman recorded the assists.
MacIntyre stopped 27 shots.
The Admirals continue their current five-game road trip Sunday at 3:00 pm against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The team won’t return home until Friday, March 20th at 7:00 pm against the Lake Erie Monsters. Fans can buy tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of ten or more people receive a minimum of $2 off of each ticket. For more information or to order group tickets call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.