Admirals Bitten by Wolves
The Milwaukee Admirals fell 4-3 at the Bradley Center to the Chicago Wolves Wednesday evening. Tim Stapleton’s second goal of the night in the third period with Chris Chelios assisting on the play is what eventually sunk the Admirals ship.
The Ads were once again given an early deficit in the first period when Anthony Stewart scored on a three on two rush beating Milwaukee goalie Mark Dekanich glove side. Scott Lehman and Arturs Kulda recorded assists on the play 10:26 into the game.
The Wolves second goal of the opening period stanza came when Stapleton ripped a slap shot beating Dekanich five hole as the Wolves had the extra attacker on the ice with a delayed penalty. Both Chelios and Riley Holzapfel received assists.
Ryan Maki pulled the Ads back into the game when he scored his first goal of the season with 5:30 left in the first as he put back a rebound off of Wolves goalie and former Admiral Drew MacIntyre. Nick Spaling and Triston Grant tallied an assists after a flurry of shots.
Wacey Rabbit evened the score less than a minute later when Mark Van Guilder took advantage of a neutral zone turnover by the Wolves. Van Guilder then made a great pass to Rabbit who controlled the bouncing puck and backhanded it over the left shoulder of MacIntyre for his first goal of the season.
Mark Santorelli’s third goal on the year came on the power play to give the Ads a 3-2 lead. Robert Dietrich moved the puck to Ben Guite who found an open Santorelli in the slot, Santorelli turned and shot just over the blocker of McIntyre who had been screened on the play at 3:48 in the second.
The Wolves tied the game at three with 12:13 left in the second with Johnny Pohl shooting a change up at Dekanich fooling him as the puck slowly slipped by the Milwaukee goalkeeper. Artus Kulda was given the assist on the game tying effort.
Chris Chelios made the pass on a three on two and Stapleton scored for the second time as Chicago would take a lead that they wouldn’t surrender at 4-3. The goal came at 9:44 in the third period.
The Admirals had a chance to tie the game when Brian Sipotz was whistled for delay of game with 2:34 to play. Dekanich was pulled in favor of an extra attacker for the final minute of the power-play, giving the Ads a 6-on-4, but a shot off the post and a point-blank attempt by Cal O’Reilly would be as close as Milwaukee would get to forcing overtime.