The Chicago Wolves won in a see-saw battle that saw the Wolves take and lose the lead twice. Dominating the first period of play, the Wolves only scored once. Milwaukee dominated the second period of play, but only scored once. In the final period, the Wolves held on to win the game.
Wolves scratches Gratton, Sipotz, Vernace, Esposito (Out
for season), Hunt, Lewis, Lehman
Milwaukee Admirals scratches Laakso
(Upper Body Injury), Mark Santorelli (Lower Body Injury)
Referee is Ian Croft, linesmen are Brian
Oliver and Roger Behling.
Wolves starters: Welch, Anderson, Crabb, McCarthy and Stapleton. Mannino (on
a 2 game losing streak, 3-2-0, 2.22 GAA, 92.6%Sv) in net.
MAds starters Dietrich, Guite, Grant, Jessiman, Ford and
Pickard (on a 3 game winning streak, 7-4-2, 2.37 GAA, 91%Sv) in net.
First Period: In the first period, Jason Krog scored his
sixth goal and 30th point of the season, drawing first blood
shooting a backhand off a rebound he caught between the goal and the right
circle. Admiral Center Wacey Rabbit received a pass from behind the net to score
his sixth goal of the season to even the score. It was only the second shot on
goal in the period for the Admirals and the last shot on goal for the MAds for
another eight minutes. The shots on goal: 13-5 (11 min, SOG are 9-2 in favor of
CW at 15 minutes still 11-2).
In the second frame, Ryan Maki steals the puck from Nathan Oystrick,
Oysty tries to slash, but falls down
instead. Maki has it wide open but is stopped by Mannino. Later, Mike Santorelli
and Chris Mueller have several opportunities on Mannino but are held off. In
the same shift, Nolan Yonkman decks Brett Sterling. Sterling checks Yonkman
three times, without his stick, frustrating Yonkman's
shift, all without. Don Lever says the two have been after each other for
years, trying to throw off each others game, he wishes the referee had taken
better control of the situation.
It's a much better period for the MAds,
SOG is CW 2 versus MAds 10 with 10 minutes past. Chelios recovered his own
rebound and fired a rocket from outside the left circle to give the Wolves
their second lead. Yonkman and Sterling roughing it up
outside the Wolves net. They've had a hard on for each other throughout
the game. Yonkman has 73 pounds and 11 inches on Sterling. But Sterls isn't holding back. The Admirals shot total steadily
climbs, but Wolves Goaltender Mannino holds them at bay, stopping 19 Admiral shots on goal. Admirals Center Cal O'Reilly recorded his
sixth goal of the year, a power play goal from near the blue line and through
traffic, to tie the game with just 49 seconds remaining in the frame.
Third period: Anthony Stewart gave the Wolves their third
lead in the third period. Arturs Kulda
and Chelios give a lesson in defense, backstopped by Mannino they hold the
Admirals off and keep Chicago in the game. After Yonkman took a penalty with
just 1:33 remaining, the Admirals pulled their goalie. Johnny Pohl scored a
power play goal on the empty net, it was his seventh goal
of the year, to end the game 4-2.
They came at us with 20 shots on net in the second period,"
Wolves Head Coach Don Lever said. "But Peter (Mannino) and the guys hung in
In the third frame, Anthony Stewart gave the Wolves another
lead, finding a hole in Admiral Goalie Chet Pickard's glove side. After Yonkman
took a penalty with just 1:33 remaining, the Admirals pulled their goalie.
Johnny Pohl scored a power play goal on the empty net,
it was his seventh goal of the year, to end the game 4-2.
"Stewart's goal was the real turning point," Lever noted.
"Mannino was the turning point," Milwaukee Head Coach Lane
Lambert said, "We had a slow start in the first period. He was the difference
in the second period."
"We had a lot of ups and downs, but we fought back and
played well," Mannino told the Tribune. "Arturs
stopped three or four shots. That contribution wins games," he said.
Game Notes: Chicago
peppered Chet Pickard with 13 shots on goal in the first frame. Pickard was on
a three game winning streak. He is 8-5-2 for the season with a 2.39 GAA and a
record of 91 percent saves. Peter Mannino stopped 19 shots on goal in the
second frame. He has a record of 4-2-0, a GAA of 2.19 and a record of 92.9
percent saves. He was on a two game losing streak.
The Admirals, who have a 10-6-1-2 away record this season,
are in a three-way tie at 35 points for second place in the Western Division,
with games in hand on one of the other two teams. The Texas Stars lead the
division and the league with 44 points. Lambert said the Admirals see a lot of
points still on the table. "We need to beat them head-to-head," he said.