On Wednesday night, the Chicago Wolves were looking to close out the Central Division Final after a pair of wins at Allstate Arena. A win against the Milwaukee Admirals in their building would have sent Chicago to the Western Conference Final. Instead, there will be a game four on Friday night at Panther Arena.
Wednesday's game was a solid showing from the Wolves, despite the loss. The team managed 49 shots on goal despite only tallying twice in Milwaukee. Devin Cooley put on an outstanding performance for the Admirals.
The first period featured no scoring. The Wolves held the slight edge in shots on goal, but Cooley and Alex Lyon held their own admirably against their respective Central Division foes.
However, things changed in the middle frame. A plethora of power plays for the Admirals led to two goals with the extra man. Goals from Rocco Grimaldi and Cole Smith started the scoring. At second intermission it was 2-0 Admirals.
Despite the deficit, the Wolves fought back. Rookie Jack Drury tallied nine second into the third period, giving the visitors hope. That said, the Admirals power play struck again. Following that goal from Cole Schneider, Brayden Burke tallied the fourth Milwaukee goal and put the game out of reach. Although Josh Leivo tallied before the end of the game, it wasn't enough for the Wolves to end the series. The final score was 4-2.
The Wolves still played a solid game on Wednesday night. 49 shots on goal is certainly impressive, but the Admirals' power play proved to be too much for the Wolves. In respect to the Admirals, they played the Wolves incredibly well in Milwaukee this season. The Wolves also played better against Milwaukee while in their own arena.
Friday's game will be an interesting one. Can the Wolves clean up what they need to in order to end the series? The last thing Chicago wants is a do-or-die game five at Allstate Arena. Although they would have the home ice advantage, a game of that nature can take a number of weird turns which involve the Wolves being sent home early on their quest for the Calder Cup.
What's On Tap Next?
The Wolves and Admirals do battle at Panther Arena on Friday, May 27. Friday's puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CDT and can be viewed on AHLTV. Perhaps some Wolves fans that may be starting the holiday weekend early can venture north and support Chicago on the road as they look to advance to the Western Conference Final.