ROSEMONT, Il. -- With the Midwest Division title clinched and the Western Conference's No. 3 seed locked up, the Chicago Wolves played Saturday night's game against Milwaukee with one eye on the playoffs.
The Wolves rested several prime performers -- including leading points producer Mark Mancari (30 goals, 27 assists), center Steve Reinprecht (43 points), and defensemen Kevin Connauton, Nolan Baumgartner and Mark Matheson -- and Milwaukee capitalized with a 2-1 overtime victory before 15,719 fans at Allstate Arena.
Defenseman Jonathan Blum swiped the puck from Darren Haydar in the neutral zone and led a 2-on-0 breakaway. Blum slid the puck to Chris Mueller, who wristed it past Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack at 3:21 of overtime for the win.
Rookie forward Anton Rodin scored for the third game in a row for the Wolves (41-27-4-3) as all-star forward Darren Haydar, who was awarded the team's Dan Snyder Man of the Year Award prior to the game, and Lack set up Rodin for the equalizer at 13:27 of the third period.
The Admirals (39-29-2-5) earned the game's first goal at 15:27 of the second period when forward Ryan Thang's fling from the corner went off Wolves defenseman Jordan Henry's stick past Lack.
Lack stopped 28 shots for the Wolves, who wrap up the regular season Sunday against Peoria at Allstate. They'll learn their first-round playoff opponent shortly thereafter.