The Wolves went down by two goals after the first two periods, but came out firing in the third for a great comeback win to defeat the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3 in a shootout on February 9th, 2014 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.
Despite plenty of scoring chances for the Wolves in the first period, it was Milwaukee who scored first at 10 minutes and 40 seconds when left wing Miikka Salomaki skated into the offensive zone one-on-one and, after Wolves goalie (and all-star player) Jake Allen made the save on the original shot, found the rebound and chipped it past him. The goal was unassisted.
The Admirals added another goal while on the power play early in the second period. Admirals goalie Marek Mazanec sent a long pass up to right wing Filip Forseberg, who carried it into Chicago's zone.Forseberg sent a pass to right wing Patrick Cehlin at the other side of the net for the top-corner-tap at 55 seconds of the period. (Now I am NOT an Admirals fan...but I do like it when goalies get assists..its rare).
Things didn't look so well for the Wolves at this point, but then things started to turn around when forward Nathan Longpre scored a short handed goal (his specialty) at 17 minutes and 31 seconds.Longpre flew into the Admiral's zone and behind the defense, accepting a pass from defenseman Taylor Chorney for the quick redirect and Milwaukee's lead was cut in half. Second assist went to defenseman David Shields.
Milwaukee's left wing Kevin Henderson regained Milwaukee's 2 goal lead three minutes into the third period. After a faceoff win, the Admirals cycled the puck down low and fired a bunch of shots on goal. Henderson crashed the net and found a rebound, releasing a low shot that snuck under Allen's outstretched pad. Assists to Tousignant and Bitetto.
The Wolves did not give up though, quickly getting back within a goal when a penalty shot was awarded to center Keith Aucoin. Aucoin deked to get Mazanec to open up, maneuvering around the goalies stick and slipping the puck five hole to get the Wolves within one.
The Wolves then tied the game 3-3 with 12 minutes and 34 seconds left in the third period as defenseman Cade Fairchild roofed the puck over a tumbling Mazanec. Right wing Sebastian Wannstrom left a drop pass for center Christian Hanson on a rush. Hanson fed a pass to a pinching Fairchild for the tying goal.
The game went into overtime and no scoring was done in the overtime so the game went into a shootout. But the game could have ended in overtime with an Admirals win because the final few seconds of overtime were very sloppy for the Wolves and if it was not for their goalie Jake Allen it would have ended but Jake stood tall and the game went into a shootout.
The shootout went as follows
Milwaukee: Salomaki NG Saponari NG Cehlin NG Beck NG
Chicago: Rattie NG Aucoin NG Jaskin NG Wannstrom G Cracknell (G) game winner
Shots on goal
Milwaukee: 27 Chicago 35
Saves: Mazanec (Milwaukee) 31 of 34 Allen (Chicago) 24 of 27
3...Miikka Salomaki (Milwaukee)
2..Marek Mazanec (Milwaukee)...(goalie made an assist)
1...Jake Allen (Chicago)
Chicago is now 4 points ahead of Milwaukee and 5 points below the first place griffins.All AHL teams are now off for a few days for the All Star break. The Wolves resume play on Friday with a 3 in 3 weekend playing the Icehogs in Rockford and then a two game series in Rosemont with the Admirals.
(Just a little note..if you watch the highlights..you will see me getting high fives from the Wolves when they come out of the tunnel)