MILWAUKEE, WI---Goaltending took center stage when the Chicago Wolves met the Milwaukee Admirals Friday night, but the Admirals rallied for two goals in the last 1:25 to send the Wolves to a 3-2 Amtrak Rivalry defeat at the Bradley Center.
Forwards Bill Sweatt and Darren Archibald scored goals for the Wolves (8-8-2-1), who dropped their fourth consecutive game. Anton Rodin assisted on both markers.
The visitors struck first as left wing Sweatt rifled a pass from center Jordan Schroeder past Admirals netminder Jeremy Smith at 2:22 in the first period. That was the first game-opening score by the Wolves on the road since Nov. 2 at Rockford.
Milwaukee defenseman Victor Bartley responded for the home team, knocking his first score of the season through Wolves goaltender Matt Climie at 15:17.
After allowing a goal apiece, both netminders stood up to their respective barrage of shots to hold the game scoreless for nearly the next 36 minutes.
On a Wolves power play, left wing Archibald broke the stalemate by knocking a rebound past Smith for his first score of the season and putting Chicago up 2-1 at 15:30 in the third period. Defenseman Kevin Connauton’s shot from the point set up the go-ahead goal.
A quick two-goal response by the Admirals, first from left wing Gabriel Bourque at 18:35 with an extra attacker on the ice and then center Chris Mueller at 19:40, sealed the victory for Milwaukee.
Climie (1-6-0) stopped 30 of 33 shots. Smith (6-9-1) posted 19 saves for the Admirals (8-8-1-1).
The Wolves host another Midwest Division rival, the Peoria Rivermen, at 7 p.m. Saturday in a Illinois Lottery Cup game at Allstate Arena. For tickets, call1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.
Chicago 1 0 1 -- 2
Milwaukee 1 0 2 -- 3
First Period---1, Chicago, Sweatt 4 (Schroeder, Rodin), 2:21; 2, Milwaukee, Bartley 1 (Lajunen, Ryan), 15:17. Penalties---Kassian, Chicago (holding the stick), 10.02; Mallet, Chicago (slashing), 15:56; Blain, Chicago (cross-checking), 19:11.
Second Period---None. Penalties---Blain, Chicago (hooking), 8.35; Jarvinen, Milwaukee (roughing), 14:35.
Third Period---3, Chicago, Archibald 1 (Connauton, Rodin), 14:30 pp; 4, Milwaukee, Bourque 2 (Watson, Latta), 18:31; 3, Milwaukee, Mueller 9 (Ekholm), 19:40. Penalties---Jarvinen, Milwaukee (holding), 14:21.
Shots on goal---Chicago: 5-5-11—21; Milwaukee: 13-9-11—33. Power plays---Chicago 1-2; Milwaukee 0-4. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (30-33),
Milwaukee, Smith (19-21). A---5,540. Referee---Trent Knorr.
Linesmen---Kiel Murchison and Dan Dineen.