27 February 2010

Admirals Trip Up Wolves, 7-6, In Overtime


Center Johnny Pohl (3A) and defenseman Brian Sipotz (2A) posted multiple-point nights for Chicago (37-18-1-4), who remains in first place in the West Division. Forwards Tim Stapleton, Brett Sterling and Kevin Doell and defensemen Jamie Hunt, Paul Postma and Arturs Kulda lit the lamp for the Wolves.

With seven seconds remaining in regulation, Stapleton evened things up with a power-play tally. Center Jason Krog took a shot from the slot that rebounded out to Stapleton, who put the puck into the net past Admirals goaltender Mark Dekanich to knot the score at six.

Admirals defenseman Robert Dietrich netted the game-winning overtime goal on the power play with 33 seconds remaining in the extra frame. Set up in the slot, Wilson passed him the puck, and he one-timed the shot past Wolves netminder Drew MacIntyre.

Sterling put the Wolves on board 37 seconds into the game. Pohl dished Sterling a pass into the neutral zone and Sterling streaked over the blueline and wristed a shot that went up and over Admirals’ goaltender Chet Pickard’s glove, far-side.

Right wing Hugh Jessiman evened the score for Milwaukee (33-21-1-5) on a one-on-one at 5:51 of the first period. Skating up the left side, Jessiman crossed towards the goal and passed the puck around the defender before pulling it across the goalmouth and sneaking it in past Wolves netminder Peter Mannino.

Hunt put the Wolves back on top, 2-1, when he redirected a shot from Sipotz. Defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy crossed the puck over to Sipotz, on the point, and Sipotz sent a shot along the ice that Hunt got his stick on for the goal at 11:59 of the first period.

Milwaukee evened the score once again, 2:57 later. Center Mike Santorelli passed the puck to Dietrich who slapped a shot through traffic and roofed the puck under the crossbar and past Mannino’s glove-side.

Forty-seven seconds later, defenseman Jonathan Blum gave Milwaukee their first lead of the game. Center Colin Wilson saw Blum streaking across the blueline and dished him the puck, which he then wristed over Mannino’s shoulder, near-post.

Defenseman Reid Cashman gave the Admirals a two-goal lead, 3:08 into the second period. Left wing Mark Santorelli picked up the puck from a turnover on the blueline and skated up the ice with a four-on-three rush. Right wing Ryan Maki passed the puck back to Cashman, who wristed a shot over Mannino’s blocker, which chased him from the game.

Mannino posted six saves, before being replaced by MacIntyre (16-13-1), who thwarted away 19 of Milwaukee’s 22 shots in 40:11 of relief.

Kulda brought the Wolves to within one at 5:58 of the middle stanza. Kulda intercepted a pass in the offensive zone and took a shot through traffic which beat Pickard, near-post.

Doell evened the score at four apiece, 1:23 later in the period. Right wing Spencer Machacek sent a centering pass to Doell who crossed the crease, pulled the puck to his backhand and pushed the puck through Pickard’s five-hole.

Postma put the Wolves back on top with a four-on-four goal at 8:17 of the second period. Sterling dished the puck to Postma, who one-timed a shot over Pickard’s blocker. Dekanich replaced Pickard between the pipes after the goal.

Pickard recorded eight saves before Dekanich (19-11-3) took over and blocked 14 of 15 shots to pick up the win in 36:10 of relief.

Admirals right wing Andreas Thuresson knotted things at five at 9:12 of the third period. Mike Santorelli found Thuresson in the slot, and Thuresson one-timed the shot past MacIntyre, near-post.

Blum netted his second goal of the game with a power-play tally with 3:39 to go in regulation. Set up in the slot, Blum one-timed a shot through traffic that beat a screened MacIntyre, glove-side to Milwaukee at 6-5 lead.

The Wolves head home to the Allstate Arena to wrap up the weekend when they host the Rockford IceHogs, tomorrow, at 3 p.m.

Chicago 2 3 1 0 -- 6

Milwaukee 3 1 2 1 -- 7

First Period---1, Chicago, Sterling 34 (Pohl, Sipotz), 0:37; 2, Milwaukee, Jessiman 16 (Blum, Pickard), 15:51; 3, Chicago, Hunt 5 (Sipotz, Vishnevskiy), 11:59; 4, Milwaukee, Dietrich 4 (Mike Santorelli, Ford), 14:56; 5, Milwaukee, Blum 6 (Wilson, Cashman), 15:41. Penalties---Crabb, Chicago (holding), 0:53; Ford, Milwaukee (hooking), 12:06; Yonkman (interference, unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:12.

Second Period---6, Milwaukee, Cashman 3 (Mark Santorelli, Maki), 3:08; 7, Chicago, Kulda 4 (unassisted), 5:58; 8, Chicago, Doell 9 (Machacek, Pohl), 7:21; 9, Chicago, Postma 10 (Sterling), 8:17. Penalties---Simpson, Chicago (fighting), 3:39; Yonkman, Milwaukee (fighting), 3:39; Rabbit, Milwaukee (slashing), 8:00; Stapleton, Chicago (holding), 8:09; Grant, Milwaukee (hooking), 12:10.

Third Period---10, Milwaukee, Thuresson 9 (Mike Santorelli, Spaling), 9:12; 11, Milwaukee, Blum 7 (Mike Santorelli, Deitrich), 16:21 pp; 12, Chicago, Stapleton 25 (Krog, Pohl), 19:53 pp. Penalties---Welch, Chicago (interference), 6:20; Thuresson, Milwaukee (tripping), 11:07; Crabb, Chicago (boarding), 15:04; Rabbit, Milwaukee (interference), 18:17.

Overtime---13, Milwaukee, Dietrich 5 (Wilson, Mike Santorelli), 4:27 pp. Penalties---Sterling, Chicago (holding), 2:29; bench, Chicago (game misconduct), 4:33.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 7-10-8-3--28. Milwaukee: 6-9-11-6--32. Power plays---Chicago: 1-7. Milwaukee: 2-5. Goalies--Chicago, Mannino (6-10) replace by MacIntyre (19-22) at 23:08. Milwaukee, Pickard (8-13) replaced by Dekanich (14-15) at 28:17. A---15,101. Referee---Kyle Rehman. Linesmen---Aaron Mills and Jesse Pletsch.