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

Admirals forward Michael Latta and Wolves defenseman Brad Hunt battle behind the Wolves net during the 01/03/13 game against Chicago.
Admirals forward Michael Latta and Wolves defenseman Brad Hunt battle behind the Wolves net during the 01/03/13 game against Chicago.Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals

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.

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.

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