MILWAUKEE, WIS. – The Chicago Wolves extended their point streak to eight games with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Wednesday night. Jake Walman notched the game-winner just 1:05 into overtime for his second goal of the season. The win was also the 1000th regular-season victory for the Chicago Wolves, who have been around since 2001.
Chicago got off to a rough start in the first period, going 0-for-3 on the power play and giving up the first goal of the game for the fourth-straight game. Bobby Butler beat Wolves’ goaltender on Maxime Lagace on his backhand late in the period to give his team a 1-0 lead after 20.
Though the Wolves had two more chances on the man advantage in the second period, they could not capitalize. However, Tomas Hyka threw a puck on net at 11:29 which trickled in through Anders Lindback’s five-hole to knot the game at one.
As minutes ticked off the board in the third, the Admirals began to pound Lagace with shots. However, it was Brandon Pirri who would break the 1-1 tie with just 3:17 remaining in regulation. T.J. Tynan had worked the puck deep into the Milwaukee zone by himself, allowing his team to make a change, and threw a blind pass straight to the tape of Pirri for the go-ahead goal.
The Admirals did not want to begin their post-break slew of games without a point as Cody Bass tipped the shot from the point behind Lagace just fifteen seconds later. Though Milwaukee continued to throw shot after shot on net, Lagace backstopped his team to its eight-straight game with at least one point when the buzzer sounded to end regulation.
Hyka set up Walman for the overtime game-winner with a pass straight to the defenseman’s blade. Walman one-timed a shot from the top of the circle to give his team the extra point on the night.
With Wednesday’s win, the Chicago Wolves improve to 13-12-5-1 on the season, including 7-0-1-0 in their last eight games. However, Chicago’s power play struggles continued in the win as the team went 0-for-5 on the man advantage.
The Chicago Wolves travel back to Milwaukee Friday to rematch the Admirals for a 7 p.m. puck drop. As always, be sure to follow @SinBinWolves on Twitter for current news and game updates.