Chicago Wolves Rally takes back-to-back victory
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Poturalski, Smallman and Fitzgerald score in third as Chicago stays hot
The Chicago Wolves scored three goals within six minutes of the third period to claim a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday night at Panther Arena.
Forwards Stefan Noesen, Andrew Poturalski and Spencer Smallman as well as defender Cavan Fitzgerald scored for Wolves (4-1-0-0), who won their fourth straight game and took first place in the central division of the LAH.
Wolves scored first for the fifth game in a row as Poturalski conceded a pass from the wall into the defensive zone that hit CJ Smith in stride as he crossed the blue line.
Smith hauled the puck to the left post to get the attention of goaltender Devin Cooley, then crossed a pass to Noesen in the pen for an undisputed goal 4:43 from the first.
Meanwhile, the Admirals (1-3-0-0) did not score their first shot on goal until the 13th minute of the game. Milwaukee was tied 1-1, however, after a wild scramble near the Wolves fold ended with rookie Grant Mismash’s rebound goal on the power play at 5:30 pm from the first.
Mismash gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead with a breakaway goal at 11:11 of the second. The Admirals forced a turnaround in the neutral zone and former Wolves forward Cody Glass threw Mismash into the clear with a two-line pass.
The Wolves rally in the third period began with Poturalski’s power play explosion in the dying seconds of a 5-to-3 advantage. Defenseman Joey Keane spotted the open captain at the bottom of the left circle and Poturalski shot a shot on reception at the back of Cooley in the net.
Smallman gave Chicago the lead in earnest with his blast from the top of the left circle at 11:08. David Gust delivered the cross pass that allowed Smallman to score the first goal of the season.
Fitzgerald added an insurance goal at 12:34 when forward Sam Miletic had room to shoot into the high lunge, but tapped a short pass to his left to create Fitzgerald’s top opportunity in the circle left to bring the score to 4-2.
Wolves goalkeeper Alex Lyon (2-1-0) parried 22 shots for the win while Cooley (1-3-0) stopped 29 of 33 attempts.
The Wolves end their road trip with a game at 3 p.m. Sunday in Grand Rapids, then return to the Allstate Arena on Saturday for Hockey Night in Chicago. For the best seats for the Wolves vs. Manitoba Moose, visit ChicagoWolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.
WOLF 4, ADMIRAL 2
Chicago 1 0 3 – 4
Milwaukee 1 1 0 – 2
First period-1, Chicago, Noesen 2 (Smith, Poturalski), 4:43; 2, Milwaukee, Mismash 1 (Afanasyev, McCarron), 17:30 pp.
Penalties — Chicago (too many men on the ice, served by Smith), 15:31.
Second period — 3, Milwaukee, Mismash 2 (glass), 11:11.
Penalties — Milwaukee (too many men on the ice, served by Afanasyev), 9:06; Glass, Milwaukee (holding), 12:20.
Third period — 4, Chicago, Poturalski 2 (Keane, Smith), 6:34 pp; 5, Chicago, Smallman 1 (Gust, Gelinas), 11:08; 6, Chicago, Fitzgerald 1 (Miletic), 12:34.
Penalties — Carpenter, Milwaukee (interference), 4:37; LaBate, Milwaukee (sharp), 5:40; Farrance, Milwaukee (draft), 16:24; Poturalski, Chicago (crash), 4:27 PM; Chatfield, Chicago (minor double siding), 19:40; Davies, Milwaukee (gross double minor), 19:40; Noesen, Chicago (draft), 8:00 p.m.; Luff, Milwaukee (roughing), 8:00 p.m.
Shots on Goal — Chicago 13-11-9—33; Milwaukee 9-11-4-24. Power plays — Chicago 1-5; Milwaukee 1-2. Goalies — Chicago, Lyon (22-24); Milwaukee, Cooley (29-33). Referees — Peter Tarnaris and Mike Sullivan. Linesmen — Jonathan Sladek and Tyler Gregory.
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