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Hungry like the Wolves: Milwaukee Admirals vs. Chicago Wolves

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Matinee hockey took place Sunday at the Allstate Arena as the Milwaukee Admirals and Chicago Wolves continued Amtrak Rivalry.

In recent news, G Pheonix Copley and Ty Rattie have rejoined the Wolves from St. Louis. Also, The Chicago Wolves announced Friday that center Zack Phillips has been assigned to the team from the Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL) by St. Louis (NHL).  Playing most of his career in the AHL, Phillips has posted 35 goals and 65 assists in 251 AHL appearances, which includes 5 goals and 9 assists in 39 games for the Providence Bruins this season. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound forward also notched 1 goal and 1 assist in 5 games for Atlanta.ZackPhillips

These teams faced off Saturday night in Milwaukee, where the Admirals won in an OT thriller by the score of 1-0. RW Pontus Aberg scored at 1:29, his 16th of the season, to seal the victory. Copley had 38 saves in the loss.

One thing that has been a struggle for the Wolves vs. Admirals is their powerplay. Only converting on 8/32 (25 %), this unit could be the key in getting the W and with Ty Rattie back, he will definitely be getting a look on the unit.

JermaineBlainWolvesThe Wolves got things started in the first period with a shot from the left circle from D Jeremie Blain at 2:14 assisted by O’Brien and Barbashev.

Milwaukee would get their first odd man opportunity on the powerplay at 10:45 in the first.  The Admirals only got off a few shots as the Wolves penalty kill came up big just like they have all season long. Both teams had a chance at the PP later in the period but came up empty.  Milwaukee led the shots 8-5 but the Wolves had the 1 goal lead heading into the intermission.

The Admirals opened up the second period in the best way possible. 2:10 into the period, C Cody Bass lit the lamp to tie up the game. And the goals just kept coming for the Admirals. Former first round pick by the Predators in the 2014 NHL Draft, LW Kevin Fiala scored off a funnt bounce from the boards. Copley lost sight of the puck leading to an easy score for the top prospect. And just over two minutes later, the Admirals increased the lead to two goals.

The score could be very different based on the powerplay opportunities for Milwaukee.  The Admirals had 3 powerplays in the second period but did not capitalize on any.

Photo by; John Konstantaras Chicago Wolves

Photo by; John Konstantaras Chicago Wolves

Wolves must be happy right?

The Admirals are 24-0-0-0 when leading after two periods. The Wolves are in a tight spot but let’s see what they can put together in the third.

It was all Admirals in the third period. Besides the Ty Rattie goal on a penalty shot, the Admirals kept pouring it on. Both of Milwaukee’s first two goals to put them up 5-2 were on the powerplay. And both were assisted by Fiala. He had 1 G and 2 A on the day.

While excuses are not tolerated, its very hard for any team to play back to back days, especially the way this home to home went. Both these teams played a 7pm Saturday night in Milwaukee then had to make the trip down to play again at 3pm.  Two games in 24 hours is not easy physically and mentally, no matter the talent.

theAmtrackRivalryThe Admirals stay undefeated when leading after two periods beating the Wolves 5-2.  Rattie and Blain were your goal-scorers for the Wolves.  Copley moves to 12-13-3 on the season in net.

The Chicago Wolves will travel out to Charlotte as they will play the Checkers on Tuesday and Thursday.  You can follow @ChicagoWolvesLive on twitter for in game updates.

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