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Chicago Wolves win in see-saw battle with Milwaukee Admirals 4-2

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Patrick Boylan

I write the Wolves blog for ChicagoNow

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).

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Wolves Captain Jason Krog has Ben Gutie keeping company during the first period.

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.

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Nolan Yonkman this time trading checks with Brett Sterling during the second frame in the Milwaukee defensive zone.

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.

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Milwaukee nettie Chet Picard

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 there."

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.

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