MILWAUKEE - Eleven different Admirals earned points in Friday nights crushing 7-4 win over the rival Midwest Division Chicago Wolves. Both teams pulled their starting goaltenders in favor for their backups, but Milwaukee prevailed with an exceptional offensive showing to mark their fifth win of the season.
Milwaukee drew first blood, as the Admirals drew first blood after forward Kevin Henderson (Bartley, Blum) tipped in a Victor Bartley slapper from the far circle early in the first to mark his third goal of the season. Forward Jordan Schroeder (Rodin, Tanev) evened things out at one after scoring on a slapshot of his own less than two minutes later for his fourth of the season. His rocket from the far circle was in similar fashion to that of Victor Bartley's assist just minutes before.
The Admirals took a two goal lead thanks to back-to-back odd-man rushes given up by the Wolves. Forwards Taylor Beck (Mueller, Bang) and Patrick Cehlin (Watson) scored just :59 apart to give Milwaukee a healthy two goal lead early in the opening frame. Former Admiral defenseman Mark Matheson (Sweatt) gave Chicago their second goal of the game after beating Hellberg with a soft goal though the pads during a Mattias Ekholm power-play.
Scott Valentine (Mueller, Beck) notched his first of the night with a slapper on Lack stick side to make it 4-2. That goal was enough for Wolves head Coach Scott Arniel to pull Lack and replace him with five-year AHL veteran Matt Climie.
Hellberg saw his final goal of the night after forward Brett Sterling (Schroeder, Hunt) scored on the Wolves very first shot on goal of the period at the 11:03 mark of the second. Hellberg was relieved of his duties after the third goal in favor of Admirals veteran Jeremy Smith. Admirals youngster Austin Watson (Puustinen, Cehlin) notched his second of the season to round out the second frame.
The Admirals added two more goals in the final period, starting with Taylor Beck (Moore) notching his second of the game in the opening of the frame, and captain Mike Moore contributing his second of the season to give Milwaukee a healthy 7-3 lead over the Wolves. Forward Tim Miller snuck one through Smith with just under eight to go in regulation, which is where the game would end.
Three of tonights goals were firsts of the season (CHI Miller and Matheson, MIL Valentine). The games lone power-play goal was scored by Matheson midway through the first period, while Milwaukee was unable to capitalize on any of the three power-plays they were handed.
The Admirals kick off a four-game roadtrip tomorrow in Rockford, and then head to Oklahoma City for a pair of games before playing two in Chicago and one-a-piece in Peoria and Grand Rapids before returning to the Bradley Center November 30th.
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