Admirals Complete Comeback in 5-4 Win
Rosemount, IL—Down 4-1 with less than three minutes to play in the second period, the Milwaukee Admirals scored four unanswered goals and notched a gutsy 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Chicago Wolves to stave off elimination and force a game six on Friday night at the Bradley Center.
Tickets for game six will go on sale on Thursday morning at 9:00 am at all Ticketmaster locations, the Bradley Center Box Office, and the Admirals Office, located at 510 W. Kilbourn Ave. Fans can also purchase tickets by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Chris Mueller scored the game-winning goal on the power-play on assists from Jon Blum and Alexander Sulzer with just 1:55 left to play in the game to complete the comeback from three down that they faced late in the second period.
The Wolves got on the board just 53 seconds into the game when Tim Stapleton scored his second goal of the series. Ivan Vishnevskiy fired a shot towards the net that took a 90 degree turn off Chicago forward Matt Anderson’s stick. The puck went right to Stapleton, who had a wide open net as Admirals netminder Mark Dekanich was in position to stop the initial shot.
Chicago made it 2-0 with a power-play goal by Kevin Doell. Spencer Machacek carried the puck into the Admirals zone and drove hard around the net. His wrap-around attempt was denied by Dekanich but Doell was there to cram the rebound home.
Joey Crabb scored a power-play goal 55 seconds into the third when he banked the puck from behind the Milwaukee net off of Dekanich.
Andreas Thuresson got the Admirals on the board and broke Mannino’s 85:18 shutout streak when he fired a slap shot over the Wolves netminder’s shoulder. Mueller made the play for Milwaukee, fighting his way through three checks and then tipping the puck to Mike Santorelli, who found Thuresson open in the slot.
Anthony Stewart scored with one second left on a Wolves 5-on-3 to build the lead back up to three at 4-1 with 7:17 to play in the second.
However, two goals by the Admirals with a minute drew them to within one at 4-3 and the Ads had the momentum heading into the third. Mark Santorelli got the first one at 17:12 when he fired a wrister from the left dot that snuck by Mannino’s left pad and just 58 seconds later Ben Guite picked up a rebound from just right of the crease and fired it into the Chicago net.
Ryan Thang tied the game at four with 9:07 to play in the game on a beautiful play by Sulzer. The Admirals got the puck deep in the Chicago zone and the Wolves tried to clear it, but Blum held the zone at the right point and then fired a pass over to Sulzer. The Ads D-man faked a shot and held the puck freezing Mannino and then fired a pass over to Thang who had an open net, setting the stage for Mueller’s heroics.