The Chicago Wolves built an early lead and cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals in an American Hockey League game on Friday night at Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill.
The Wolves were 1-3-0-1 against Milwaukee heading into the contest, but Chicago turned that trend around.
Wolves forwards Alex Friesen and Eric Kattelus and Admirals center Cam Reid all recorded their first scores of the season Friday. Friesen started things off for Chicago at 6:06 of the first period, batting his first AHL score past Admirals netminder Jeremy Smith to put the Wolves up 1-0.
Left wing Bill Sweatt made it 2-0 on a power play goal. He pounced on a Smith rebound and beat the goaltender stick side halfway through the first period. Chicago (21-14-3-2) had scored on 45 percent of power play opportunities against the Admirals going into game.
The Wolves increased their lead when right wing Guillaume Desbiens scored on a wrist shot at 12:50. Forward Michael Davies scored again on Smith before the close of the first period to make it 4-0 Chicago.
The Wolves made it 5-0 when Kattelus lit the lamp on a rebound at 4:41 of the second period.
It wasn't until the 11:05 mark of the period that the Admirals (19-18-3-3) got on the board, and they did it with a short-handed goal, as Mark Van Guilder rifled a shot past goalie Joe Cannata to make it 5-1 Chicago.
With Milwaukee in a four-goal hole to open the third, Smith was replaced in goal by Magnus Hellberg.
The Admirals offense went back to work with Reid beating Cannata top shelf at 7:16, but that would be as close as the Admirals would get.