Ten different players scored Friday night as the Chicago Wolves lost a 7-4 decision to the Milwaukee Admirals in an Amtrak Rivalry game at the Bradley Center.
Wolves' goaltender Eddie Lack (6-3-0) made 9 of 13 saves before being replaced by Matt Climie (12 of 15) at the start of the second period. Milwaukee's Magnus Hellberg (3-0-0) was sent to the bench midway through the second period after allowing three goals on 16 shots; Jeremy Smith (14 of 15) stepped in for him.
Scoring started early and often with the Admirals lighting the lamp at 3:44 in the first off a give-and-go from Victor Bartley to Kevin Henderson for Henderson's third goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later the Wolves outworked the Milwaukee defense to set up Jordan Schroeder's fourth score of the year, a rifle right past Hellberg's glove.
Milwaukee went back on the attack and scored two goals in 60 seconds, first from Taylor Beck and then from Patrick Cehlin, who took a shot from the back of Lack's net and redirected it right over the goalie's glove.
Down 3-1, Chicago went on the power play and cut their goal deficit in half when Mark Matheson planted his first of the season, going five-hole past Hellberg at 9:55.
Admirals' defenseman Scott Valentine fired back, winding up at the point and blasting a puck through traffic all the way to mesh.
With Milwaukee holding a 4-2 lead, Matt Climie replaced Lack between the pipes at the start of the second period.
The Wolves Brett Sterling, bringing his hot stick to Wisconsin, rifled a shot from Hellberg's right side that snuck in the top corner of net. It was Sterling's third goal in as many games and it would signal the end of Hellberg's night as well; Smith took his place.
The fresh legs in net held scorers at bay until Austin Watson charged in with a wrister past Climie at 19:50 to send the Admirals into the final frame up 5-3. They would add to their total early on, as Beck blasted his second of the night top shelf on Climie at 2:05 in the third.
Still looking for more, Admirals defenseman Mike Moore took a wrap around pass and went high over Climie's stick to find mesh at 11:12. Just over a minute later at 12:35, forward Tim Miller charged back for the Wolves, catching Smith out of a position and pitching his first score of the season into the net.
Milwaukee held on for the 7-4 final.