Henry, Rinne Lead Admirals Over Wolves
Chicago, IL--Alex Henry dished out four assists and Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots to record his second shutout of the season to lead the Milwaukee Admirals to a 4-0 win over the Chicago Wolves Wednesday night at the All-State Arena.
The Admirals took a 1-0 lead on Andreas Thuresson’s third goal of the season at the 9:41 mark of the first period. Captain Alex Henry chipped the puck out of the Milwaukee zone and a streaking Thuresson gathered the puck at center ice and eventually fired a shot from the right circle that beat Wolves’ goaltender Ondrej Pavelec over his right shoulder.
Thuresson’s marker would be the only goal of the period as the Ads held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play, outshooting the Wolves 14-6 in the stanza.
Janne Niskala scored on a beautiful wrap-around goal at 4:37 of the second to put the Admirals up 2-0. The play developed while Mike Santorelli carried the puck along the near boards in the Chicago zone and then feathered a cross-ice pass to Niskala. The Milwaukee d-man faked a shot, which Pavelec bit on, and then circled the net for an easy goal.
The Admirals were able to keep Chicago off the board in the second, in spite of three power-plays and 12 shots on goal for the Wolves.
Kelsey Wilson gave the Admirals a three-goal lead just 2;50 into the third when he found a loose puck in front of the Chicago goal and flipped a backhander over a prone Pavelec.
Just over two minutes later Josh Langfeld was the benefactor of a fortunate bounce that gave him his 11th goal of the season and put Milwaukee up four-nill. Langfeld and Cal O’Reilly drove into the Chicago zone on a two-on-one and Langfeld attempted to center the puck, but it deflected off of Wolves’ blueliner Steve Martins and bounced over Pavelec leg pad and into the back of the net.
Henry’s four assists were one less than his assist total for the entire season and also matched an Admiral season high for helpers in a game. Thuresson’s two point night (1g-1a) was his first multi-point game of the rookie’s career.
In addition, Milwaukee’s 45 shots were a season high.
The Admirals are back at the Bradley Center on Friday night when they play their first ever game against the Manchester Monarchs at 7:00 pm.