MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Wolves started the scoring but couldn't hold off a third-period surge from the Milwaukee Admirals, falling 4-3 in an Amtrack Rivalry AHL game on Thursday night.
Admirals center Austin Watson broke a tie with a goal at the 18:27 mark of the third period, handing Chicago a rare loss when leading after two periods.
The Wolves had been 11-2 when entering the third period with the lead this season, but the Admirals scored twice in the third to overcome a 3-2 deficit.
Admirals center Mark Van Guilder had tied it at 3-3 when he cut through the Chicago defense and tipped a puck past Matt Climie at 4:56 to tie the game.
Chicago's Andrew Gordon lit the lamp first, 11:28 into the game, rifling a one-timer past Admirals netminder Jeremy Smith. It was Gordon's first goal since Nov. 20, when Chicago also played the Ads.
The back-and-forth affair really got under way minutes later when Milwaukee defenseman Victor Bartley outworked the Chicago defense and batted a puck past Matt Climie (6-11-0) at 13:26 to tie it 1-1.
It stayed that way into the second period. At the 3:54 mark, left wing Kyle Henderson one-timed a shot over Climie's glove, giving Milwaukee (16-13-2-1) its first lead.
The Wolves (14-12-3-1) needed a little something extra to pull even with their Midwest Division rivals and they found it with a man advantage, as center Jordan Schroeder potted a puck into Smith's mesh at 7:17. That goal marked the fifth game this season that the Wolves have scored on the power play against the Admirals.
Former Admiral Darren Haydar, now the Wolves' captain, gave the lead back to Chicago at 19:51 of the second period when he beat Smith (12-11-1) for his fifth goal of the year.