MILWAUKEE---Chicago Wolves defenseman Jaime Sifers scored with 51 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Wolves a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals in the first contest of the Amtrak Rivalry series at the Bradley Center Friday night.
Right wing Spencer Machacek flung a pass straight across the ice to Sifers alone on the left side of the net and the blueliner cranked a shot past Admirals netminder Chet Pickard, stick side.
After entering the third period trailing, 0-2, Chicago (2-1-0-0) rallied with a pair of goals to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Center Andre Deveaux got the Wolves on the board with a power-play goal 52 seconds into the third frame. Right wing Darren Haydar held the puck along the left boards and slid a pass down to center Jason Krog below the goal line. Krog fired the puck into traffic in the crease and Deveaux was there to push it past Pickard.
Left wing Patrick Rissmiller evened the score, 2-2, with a slap shot from the top of the left face-off circle at 9:36 of the third period. Defenseman Paul Postma shipped the puck up the ice where left wing Michael Forney caught it at the blue line and redirected it to Rissmiller, who moved in and fired it past Pickard.
Milwaukee (1-1-1-0) took a 1-0 lead when Linus Klasen converted on a penalty shot, 8:31 into the second period. The left wing deked and faked a shot to the left before slipping the puck past Wolves netminder Edward Pasquale, glove side.
Klasen made Milwaukee’s lead 2-0 with his second marker of the game, 16:33 into the second frame. With the Admirals working on the power play, Jonathon Blum fed a pass from the right face-off circle across to Klasen near the left post for a quick redirect past Pasquale.
Pasquale (2-0) stopped 26 of 28 shots in his second straight win in his second professional start. Pickard (0-2-0) posted 22 saves for the Admirals.
The Wolves host Milwaukee in the franchise’s 17th home opener, presented by LifeSource, at the Allstate Arena Saturday at 7 p.m.
Chicago 0 0 2 1 -- 3
Milwaukee 0 2 0 0 -- 2
First Period---None. Penalties---Sifers, Chicago (tripping), 5:46; Ross, Chicago (holding the stick), 19:09.
Second Period---1, Milwaukee, Klasen 3 (unassisted), 8:31 ps/sh; 2, Milwaukee, Klasen 4 (Blum, Thuresson), 16:33 pp. Penalties---Johnson, Milwaukee (hooking), 4:03; Wilson, Milwaukee (slashing), 10:43; Zubarev, Chicago (interference), 15:53; Thang, Milwaukee (slashing), 19:29.
Third Period---3, Chicago, Deaveaux 1 (Krog, Haydar) 0:52 pp; 4, Chicago, Rissmiller 1 (Forney, Postma), 9:36. Penalties---Krog, Chicago (tripping), 3:52; Santorelli, Milwaukee (interference), 14:24; Johnson, Milwaukee (interference), 18:04.
Overtime---5, Chicago, Sifers 1 (Machacek, Krog), 4:09. Penalties---Pettersson, Chicago (slashing), 1:13; Klasen, Milwaukee (roughing), 1:13.
Shots on goal---Chicago: 7-8-7-3--25. Milwaukee: 7-12-8-1--28. Power plays---Chicago: 1-5. Milwaukee: 1-4. Goalies--Chicago, Pasquale (26-28). Milwaukee, Pickard (22-25). A---4,182. Referee---Mark Lemelin. Linesmen---Dan Cohen and Mike Hamilton.