MILWAUKEE---Two third-period goals by the Milwaukee Admirals proved too much for the Chicago Wolves to handle as they fell to their division rivals 4-3 in an Amtrack Rivalry game on Thursday night at the Bradley Center.
Forwards Andrew Gordon, Jordan Schroeder, and Darren Haydar were the goal scorers for Chicago (14-12-3-1), which lost for the fourth time in five games.
Gordon took advantage of a communication breakdown early between Admirals goaltender Jeremy Smith (12-11-1) and his defense, pouncing on a loose puck left of Smith and firing a one-timer for his sixth of the season at 11:28.
Milwaukee (16-13-2-1) didn’t let the early deficit phase them though, charging back with a score of their own from defenseman Victor Bartley at 13:26.
Tied at one at the close of the first period, the Admirals went back to work early on Climie in the second frame. Left wing Kevin Henderson rifled a shot over the goalie’s glove to make it 2-1 Milwaukee at 3:54.
Climie (6-11-0) stopped 24 of 28 shots
With the Admirals ahead the Wolves used the night’s first power play to their advantage, as Schroeder beat Smith high at the 7:17 mark.
Tied at two with seconds left in the second frame, Haydar got the go-ahead goal for Chicago, a snipe past Smith at 19:51. Andrew Ebbett had the assist.
The Wolves started the period with a lead but the Admirals Mark Van Guilder quickly evened the score 4:56 into the third. Milwaukee center Austin Watson added the game winner at 18:27.
Chicago will return to the Allstate Arena at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 to face off against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Chicago 1 2 0 -- 3
Milwaukee 1 1 2 -- 4
First Period---1, Chicago, Gordon 6 (Sterling), 11:28; 1, Milwaukee, Bartley 4 (Beck, Mueller). Penalties--- None.
Second Period---2, Milwaukee, Henderson 7 (Van Guilder, Latta), 3:54; 3, Chicago, Schroeder 9 (Tanev, Rodin), 7:17 pp; 4, Chicago, Haydar 5 (Ebbett), 19:51. Penalties--- Milwaukee (bench minor – too many men), 5:48; Chicago (bench minor – too many men), 13:37.
Third Period---5, Milwaukee, Van Guilder 7 (Henderson), 4:56; 6, Milwaukee, Watson 12 (Cehlin, Beck), 18:27. Penalties---Cehlin, Milwaukee (holding), 8:08; Ebbett, Chicago (tripping), 14:17.
Shots on goal---Chicago: 13-7-12--32; Milwaukee: 6-13-9--28. Power plays---Chicago 1-2; Milwaukee 0-2. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (24-28), Milwaukee, Smith (29-32). A---3,009. Referees---Jean Hebert and Joe Sullivan. Linesmen---Alex Stagnone and Al Stensland.