Wolves Take Game 1 Over AdsRosemount, IL—
The Milwaukee Admirals fell behind 3-0 just 11:08 into the game and could never quite make up the difference as they dropped a wild 6-5 decision to the Chicago Wolves in game one of the West Division Semifinals.
Mike Santorelli posted two goals for the Admirals, while Andreas Thuresson chipped in three assists to pace the offense.
The Wolves got on the board first when Anthony Stewart scored a power-play goal just 2:07 into the game. Matt Anderson made the play for Chicago where he reversed direction behind the Milwaukee net and chipped the puck out to a wide open Stewart for an easy goal.
Chicago had another golden opportunity just over a minute later when the Teemu Laakso went to the box for delay of game and Andreas Thuresson went for tripping, giving the Wolves a 5-on-3 power play for 1:15. However, goalie Mark Dekanich made a couple of great saves and Milwaukee held off the charge for the time being.
However, the Admirals just couldn’t stay out of the box as Thuresson was whistled for roughing at 6:03 and on the ensuing power-play Chicago’s Joey Crabb jammed home the rebound of a Nathan Oystrick shot and it was 2-0 less than seven minutes into the game.
Jason Krog made it 3-0 Chicago at 11:08 of the first when he took a shot from the slot that Dekanich made the save on and the puck popped into the air. Krog followed his shot and swatted the puck from mid-air and into the back of the Ads net.
Milwaukee finally got on the board at 16:46 on a goal from Mike Santorelli. Thuresson stopped a Chicago clearing attempt at the half-wall and then chipped the puck over the Chris Mueller, who shot it but didn’t get much zip on it and the puck went right to Santorelli who had an open net for an easy goal.
The Admirals capped off the high-scoring first period when Ryan Maki scored a power-play marker with just 18 seconds left in the stanza. Marty Murray stick handled the puck into the Chicago zone and then passed to a crashing Maki, who went from his forehand to backhand and lifted the puck off the post and past Peter Mannino to pull the Ads within one at 3-2.
Chicago defenseman Artus Kulda picked up the first goal of the second when he fired a slap shot from the point that appeared to get deflected over the right shoulder of Dekanich at 11:17 of the period.
The Admirals got that goal back just 2:30 later when Jon Blum fired a wrister that beat Mannino top shelf at 13:45. Mike Santorelli worked the puck behind the Chicago net and fed it to Thuresson on the right dot. The Swede attracted the attention of the Wolves defenders and found a wide open Blum for the tally.
Crabb scored his second of the night 1:32 into the second on a fluke play. Crabb carried the puck between the dots and fired a shot that was blocked by the Admirals’ Mueller. The puck deflected high in the air and landed softly behind Dekanich and in the Milwaukee net to make it 5-3.
The Wolves got the game-winner less than two minutes later when Kevin Doell scored his first of the post-season at 3:42 to make it 6-3.
Mike Santorelli pulled the Ads within two at 14:30 with his second of the night. Blum fired a shot from the point that was saved by Mannino, but Santorelli was there for the rebound and pushed it into the Wolves net.
With Dekanich pulled for an extra attacker Milwaukee made it 6-5 when Ben Guite was able to poke the puck past a sprawled Mannino. Like a couple of the Milwaukee goals on the night Robert Dietrich fired a shot from the point that was originally saved by the Wolves netminder, but he didn’t control the rebound and Guite was there to jump on it.
The Ads had another minute of 6-on-5 time, but they couldn’t find the equalizer and dropped game one of the series.
The Admirals and Wolves continue with game two of the series on Friday night at 7:30 pm at the All-State Arena. The Ads will host games three and four on Saturday, April 17 at 7:00 and Monday, April 19 at 7:00 pm respectively.
Fans can buy tickets for games three and four by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are available for $12 and $10 and 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.
Playoff packages are still available and guarantee the same seat for all potential post-season games. For more information on playoff packages go to www.milwaukeeadmirals.com.