Admirals 3, Wolves 2

The Sports Xchange

Facing each other for the third time in 10 days proved to be a familiar affair for the Chicago Wolves and Milwaukee Admirals.

Meeting Friday night in Wisconsin, the Wolves and Ads played a tight tilt that ended with two quick Milwaukee goals late in the third period to life them past the Wolves 3-2.

Down 2-1, Milwaukee came back with a pair of scores, first from left wing Gabriel Bourque at 18:35 followed by center Chris Mueller pocketing the game winner at 19:40 to hand the Wolves their fourth straight loss.

Chicago (8-8-2-1) got the scoring started early, as left wing Bill Sweatt whipped a cross-ice feed from Jordan Schroeder past Milwaukee netminder Jeremy Smith. It marked the first time Chicago had scored a game-opener on the road since Nov. 2 at Rockford.

Milwaukee's Victor Bartley then chose the right time for his first goal of the season, righting the ship for the Admirals (9-8-1-1) with an equalizer past Wolves goaltender Matt Climie at the 15:17 mark of the first period.

Once the Ads tied it up, neither goalie was quick to relinquish anything else. After a scoreless second period, it wasn't until the 15:30 mark of the third that Wolves left wing Darren Archibald returned Bartley's favor, blasting his first score of the season past Smith.

Chicago returns home to face another Midwest Division rival, the Peoria Rivermen, Saturday night at All State Arena.