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Admirals edge Wolves in final two minutes of regulation to win 4-3

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MILWAUKEE - With just 1:33 left on the clock, Admirals rookie forward Austin Watson saw an opportunity to light the lamp through dense traffic in front of the Chicago net.

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It paid off.

After scoring attempts from Taylor Beck and Patrick Cehlin were denied, Watson swooped in to tap in a loose rebound past an out of position Matt Climie.

"It was a good bounce. Beck did a good job of getting it to the net, and I was fortunate enough to have it fall right down. I don't think he [Climie} quite knew where it was and I was able to find the back of the net."

The teams traded goals in the back half of the opening period, starting with a lamp lighter from Wolves forward Andrew Gordon. Line mate Brett Sterling took advantage of a bad Admirals turnover behind Admirals goaltender Jeremy Smith and sent a textbook perfect pass up to an awaiting Gordon at the bottom of the far circle. Minutes later, defenseman Victor Bartley got the equalizer after redirecting a Taylor Beck wrister past Wolves goaltender Matt Climie.

Just moments after a picturesque save on the Admirals end, forward Kevin Henderson brought the puck up the near boards and beat Climie with a close-range wrister to give the Admirals their first lead of the game. The celebration proved to be short lived though, as Wolves forward Jordan Schroeder scored on the first power-play of the game to even the score at two-a-piece. The goal also marked the 22-year old Prior Lake, Minnesota native's 100th career AHL point.

Mark Van Guilder knotted up the game at three after popping in a loose rebound from a Kevin Henderson shot early in the third period. It was the second time the duo scored a goal, and Van Guilder earned an assist on Henderson's second period goal.

The Admirals play Saturday night against the Oklahoma City Barons, and then return to the ice for a Sunday afternoon game against the division-leading Grand Rapids Griffins.