Admirals Slip Past Chicago
Chicago, IL--Austin Watson scored twice to lead the Milwaukee Admirals to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena Saturday night.
Watson now leads the team in goals after he tallied his 19th and 20th of his rookie season.
The win pushed Milwaukee to sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season make the playoffs. Milwaukee is also all alone in second place in the Midwest Division and improved to 8-2-0-0 against Chicago in the Amtrak Rivalry.
Juuso Puustinen scored the game-winner for the Admirals with a power play goal at 16:25 of the third period. Ryan Ellis controlled the puck in the middle of the blue line. He slid a pass to Cam Reid at the right circle who directed that puck to Brad Winchester in the right corner. Winchester held for a moment then sent a hard pass through the slot to Puustinen for a one-timer from the left circle. That goal made the score 4-2 in favor of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee needed the goal because former Admirals defenseman Mark Matheson scored with 53 seconds left to make it 4-3.
Milwaukee got on the board first with a power play goal from Watson. Josh Shalla kept the play alive with the puck bouncing in the slot when he poked it to Mattias Ekholm at the point. Ekholm moved to the high slot and fired a waist-high wrist shot that Watson deflected into the net for his team-leading 19th goal of the season (5th on the power play) at 8:54 of the first period.
Former Admirals forward Darren Haydar tied the game with a wrist shot from the right circle at 14:02 of the first period. It was Haydar’s 19th goal of the season.
Milwaukee reclaimed the lead at 7:38 of the second period when Daniel Bang finished off a pretty play by Patrick Cehlin. Cehlin skated into the Wolves zone on the left wing. As he approached the faceoff circle, he pushed the puck through a defenseman’s skates and skated around him en route to the net. He lost the puck at the last second but it slid to Bang who placed a backhander into the cage for his sixth goal of the season. Cehlin and Mike Moore recorded the assists.
The Wolves tied the game with a Kevin Connauton power play goal at 15:27 of the second period. The goal snapped a string of 32 straight kills from the Admirals penalty kill unit.
Watson scored his second of the game when he sent a pass from the right wing boards toward the net where Bang was standing. The pass deflected off Wolves defender Jeremie Blain into the net to give Watson his second goal of the game and 20th of the season at 7:25 of the third.
Magnus Hellberg stopped 25 shots to earn his 15th win of the season.
Milwaukee concludes its three game road at Rockford Tuesday night at 7:05pm before returning home for a home bout against those same IceHogs. That home game is set for a 7:00pm start time and will be “fighting” Jeremy Smith bobblehead – commemorating the Ads/IceHogs bench clearing brawl that took place one-year ago.
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