Admirals Win in OT, Force Game 7

Milwaukee, WI--Ryan Maki scored 4:22 into overtime to lead the Milwaukee Admirals to a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Chicago Wolves Friday night at the Bradley Center, sending the two teams to game seven of the West Division Semifinals on Monday night at 7:00 pm at the All-State Arena.

Maki notched the game winner off a face-off win to the left of Chicago Wolves goalie Drew MacIntyre. Ben Guite moved the puck to Triston Grant along the goal line who proceeded to fling a wrist shot to the net with a rebound kicking out to the slot. As Wolves Captain Jason Krog was about to corral the puck, but Ryan Maki skated through the slot and chipped the past MacIntyre to give the Admirals a 5-4 victory.

Early in the game it didn’t look like the Admirals would need Maki’s heroics as the team got off to a fast start when Guite lit the lamp just 2:46 into the game. Chicago net minder Peter Mannino over-pursued Triston Grant’s cross-ice pass to Maki who immediately noticed the advantage, moving the puck to Guite in the slot. The forward promptly knocked the puck into an open net, giving the Admirals an early 1-0 lead.

Milwaukee increased that lead on the strength of Marty Murray’s first goal of the series. Ryan Thang dished the puck to Mark Santorelli who fired a hard wrist shot from the slot. The attempt was denied, but Mannino left a rebound in the slot. The goaltender tried to cover the puck, but Murray was able to poke it loose and find the back of the net. The goal chased Mannino from the game as the Wolves inserted MacIntyre between the pipes.

The Wolves responded 71 seconds later when a Johnny Pohl wrister beat Mark Dekanich 5-hole, getting Chicago on the scoreboard before the opening frame ended.

The Admirals started the 2nd period on a tear, scoring two goals in the opening 2:21 of the frame. First, Mike Santorelli dished the puck to Andreas Thuresson who proceeded to send a pass to Chris Mueller, allowing the winger to split the defense. Mueller fired a low shot from the top of the far circle to beat MacIntyre.

Just 28 seconds later Teemu Laakso registered his first marker of the playoffs. Alex Sulzer moved the puck to Thang who flew into the Chicago zone and flung a backhand pass to Laakso. The defenseman ripped a snap shot past the goalie, putting the Admirals up 4-1.

Once again, Chicago answered after watching the Admirals score two consecutive goals. Wolves’ defenseman Noah Welch unloaded a huge hit on Mueller along the Milwaukee blue line; freeing Joey Crabb to blast a slapshot past Dekanich as the Wolves cut the lead to 4-2.

The Wolves struck again midway through the 3rd period. While on the power play, Pohl found Tim Stapleton open near the top of the far circle. Stapleton ripped a slap shot, but Dekanich was right there to deny the blast, however, he kicked a rebound right to Krog. The net minder dove to make a stop, but couldn’t come up with the puck.

The Wolves power play came big again when Pohl recorded his second goal of the game. Nathan Oystrick came streaking into the Admirals’ zone and sent a pass across the slot to Pohl who put it into an open net to knot the score at four, setting the scene for Maki’s game-winning-goal.

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