MILWAUKEE---Three third-period goals by the Milwaukee Admirals was enough to sink the Chicago Wolves 4-3 in an Amtrak Rivalry game Friday night at the Bradley Center.
When the Admirals and Wolves last met, on February 1, Chicago (28-19-4-3), jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. That wasn’t the case on Friday, with Milwaukee (27-24-3-3) needing just 2:40 to light the lamp off a top shelf wrister from left wing Kevin Henderson.
The Wolves wouldn’t need much time to pot an equalizer. Matheson redirected a point shot in front of Milwaukee netminder Jeremy Smith and found an opening down low to make it 1-1 at 9:47.
Headed into the second frame, the Wolves kept their momentum going when Archibald took a pass from left wing Bill Sweatt and rifled a one-timer past Smith at 2:01.
Smith (17-19-3) kicked out 26 shots.
With Chicago leading 2-1 heading into the third period, Milwaukee quickly knotted the score at two at the 43-second mark. Right wing Matt Halischuk stuffed a score past Wolves netminder Matt Climie to knot things up on the power play.
Halischuk scored his second of the night at 10:18 of the final frame when he placed a shot from the near circle under the cross bar and over the glove of Climie.
Admirals right wing Juuso Puustinen added the last piece of insurance, batting a puck over top of a sprawled out Climie at 14:52 to give them a 4-2 advantage.
Climie (16-16-2) blocked 36 of 40 shots.
Ebbett added a power-play marker at 19:30 as the Wolves were skating six-on-four with Climie on the bench but Chicago could not find the equalizer in the final 30 seconds.
Chicago and Milwaukee tangle in an Amtrak Rivalry rematch at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Allstate Arena.
Chicago 1 1 1 -- 3
Milwaukee 1 0 3 -- 4
First Period---1, Milwaukee, Henderson 13 (Latta), 2:40; 2, Chicago, Matheson 5 (Kattelus, Sweatt), 9:47. Penalties---Joslin, Chicago (roughing), 5:54; Winchester, Milwaukee (roughing), 5:54; Pinizzotto, Chicago (tripping), 12:54; Jarvinen, Milwaukee (boarding), 19:50.
Second Period---3, Chicago, Archibald 9 (Ebbett, Haydar), 2:01. Penalties---Jarvinen, Milwaukee (interference), 7:04; Joslin, Chicago (roughing), 12:05.
Third Period---4, Milwaukee, Halischuk 1 (Latta, Puustinen), 0:43 pp; 5, Milwaukee, Halischuk 2 (Mueller, Winchester), 10:18; 6, Milwaukee, Puustinen 10 (Beck, Reid), 14:52; 7, Chicago, Ebbett 10 (Archibald, Hunt), 19:30 pp. Penalties---Longpre, Chicago (tripping), 0:24; Schneider, Chicago (boarding), 2:33; Jarvinen, Milwaukee (hooking), 11:41; Ford, Milwaukee (delay of game), 18:36.
Shots on goal---Chicago:14-6-9--29; Milwaukee 15-11-14--40. Power plays---Chicago 1-4; Milwaukee 1-4. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (36-40), Milwaukee, Smith (26-29). A---6,245. Referees---Jerrod Ragusin and Keith Kaval. Linesmen---Peter Cichy and Alex Stagnone.