ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves used two second-period goals to earn a 2-1 Amtrak Rivalry victory over the Milwaukee Admirals Friday night at the Allstate Arena.
Forward Michael Davies (G, A) and Bill Sweatt scored for Chicago, which won for a season-high fifth straight time and moved into a tie for first place in the Midwest Division with Charlotte.
“I thought this was a very good hockey game,” said Wolves head coach Craig MacTavish. “It had a ton of intensity, battles and drama and we were able to hold on.”
After a scoreless 20 minutes, Chicago (21-12-1-3) opened scoring 57 seconds into the second period. Davies skated in on a partial breakaway and snapped a shot from the high slot that Admirals goaltender Jeremy Smith stopped, but coughed up a rebound right back to Davies and he slammed the puck into an empty net.
Milwaukee (20-13-0-1) knotted the score 1-1 while on the power play at 6:19 of the middle frame. Center Blake Geoffrion held the puck at the far circle and sent a pass toward the high slot that deflected off the stick of Michael Latta and trickled through the legs of Wolves goaltender Matt Climie and over the goal line.
Climie (12-5-0) thwarted 32 of 33 shots in picking up his sixth win in his last seven starts.
The Wolves grabbed the game-winning goal with 1:01 remaining in the second stanza when Davies skated the puck in along the near boards and found a streaking Sweatt in the slot who flicked a shot past Smith top-shelf.
Smith (16-7-1) posted 32 saves.
The Wolves host the Lake Erie Monsters at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Allstate Arena.
Milwaukee 0 1 0 -- 1
Chicago 0 2 0 -- 2
First Period---None. Penalties---Latta, Milwaukee (delay of game), 10:54.
Second Period---1, Chicago, Davies 2 (Baumgartner, Schroeder), 0:57; 2, Milwaukee, Latta 12 (Geoffrion, Bartley), 6:19 pp; 3, Chicago, Sweatt 9 (Davies, Baumgartner), 18:59. Penalties---Parent, Chicago (interference), 4:26; Beck, Milwaukee (holding), 8:25; Flynn, Milwaukee (hooking), 19:24.
Third Period---None. Penalties---Bartley, Milwaukee (slashing), 1:28; Latta, Milwaukee (fighting), 7:46; Bitz, Chicago (fighting), 7:46; Roussel, Chicago (closing hand on puck), 10:16; Bitz, Chicago (tripping), 19:23.
Shots on goal---Milwaukee: 9-14-10--33. Chicago: 12-12-10--34. Power plays---Milwaukee: 1-3. Chicago: 0-4. Goalies---Milwaukee, Smith (32-34). Chicago, Climie (32-33). A---5,627. Referee---Geno Binda. Linesmen---Al Stensland and Dan Cohen.