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Hungry Like the Wolves: Milwaukee Admirals vs. Chicago Wolves

ROSEMONT, Ill. – It’s the third game in three days for the Chicago Wolves as the Milwaukee Admirals traveled to Chicago for the last time this season.illinois-lottery-cup-game-i10

The Wolves came into today on a two game win streak with both wins coming vs. Rockford.  The Lottery Cup continued this past weekend with a home-to-home back-to-back and the Wolves came away with both games, one being in OT on Saturday and marked their first win in Rockford this season. RW Danny Kristo scored the game winner in OT Saturday night, who has had a lot of OT success this season. G Jordan Binnington played outstanding making 30 saves and rookie Emerson Clark added another goal to his AHL campaign.

With play-offs right around the corner, the Wolves find themselves currently out of the play-off picture. With 11 games left in the regular season, there is still plenty of time to move up in the division. 7 of 11 games come against teams ahead of them in the standings, its go time more than ever if the Wolves want a shot at the Calder Cup.

PheonixCopleyup (1)On Sunday afternoon, the Wolves know they have to keep this win streak going. Pheonix Copley is in net and looks for the thirteenth win of the season.  RW Danny Kristo, team leading in goals with 21, along with Ty Rattie look to lead the charge on offense with the goal to continue to rise in the standings.

The Wolves came out fast and aggressive, something you wouldn’t expect right away after playing back-to-back nights. There is no doubt the Wolves want and have to keep winning to have a chance at the playoffs.

The Admirals had a great opportunity with a 2 man advantage early in the first period after Trupp was sent away for tripping at 7:19 and Rattie soon joined him at 8:29. But to no prevail, Copley and the Wolves defense shut the door. The shot totals for the first period favored the Admirals 12-5.

JeremyWelshJeremy Welsh scored his 13th of the season near midway through the second period and put the Wolves up 1-0. Later in the period, the Admirals would have a chance to tie it up with a penalty shot from Felix Girard but was denied by Copley. The Wolves have done really well between the blue lines, which has helped them hold onto the 1-0 lead.  Minimizing turnovers and puck possession is very important, especially in a one goal game.

The Admirals outshot the Wolves 14-10 in the second and 25-15 through two periods.

The Admirals lit the lamp early in the third period. LW Kevin Fiala scored his 16th of the season after a turnover by the Wolves in the neutral zone. Fiala, 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft, has put together a great year in Milwaukee scoring 15 goals and 26 assists coming into today’s game.  Fiala,19, has been called up by the Predators this year and scored his first NHL goal on January 14th vs. Jets.

Vladislav Kamenev put the Admirals up 2-1 with under three minutes left in the third period.  It was do or die time for the Wolves and they would get some help. The Admirals would get called for hooking with 26.3 seconds left in the third. It would be 6 on 4 for the Wolves since Copley was on the bench. And the Admirals help their own and pulled out the victory at the AllState Arena.

The final shot total was 37-20 Admirals. Both teams had quality chances but the Avs snuck two by Copley in a very close game.

The Wolves look to rebound and keep some play-off hope alive as they travel to Charlotte Wednesday for a very important game versus the Checkers.

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