Defenseman Nathan Oystrick (3A) and right wing Tim Stapleton (G, 2A) led a pack of six Wolves with multiple points in the win, which tied a season high for the most goals scored in a game this season. The victory also marked Chicago's fifth straight on home ice and third consecutive win overall.
"We woke up before they did," said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. "We had some good wheels today and we played for the whole 60 minutes. We've had some rest lately and that's helped us."
Stapleton kicked off the scoring for the Wolves, 9:57 into the game when he sprung out on a breakaway and sent a shot flying past Admirals goaltender Mark Dekanich.
Defenseman Chris Chelios made Chicago's lead two, 53 seconds later. The puck squirted out from the group of players in the zone and Chelios moved in alone and fired it past Dekanich.
Fourteen seconds later, center Riley Holzapfel followed suit, slipping a shot five-hole to make the score 3-0 at 11:04 of the first period. Goaltender Chet Pickard relieved Dekanich following the Wolves' third goal, only to be relieved in the second period after making six saves on 10 shots in 21:33 between the pipes. Dekanich (13-7-3) posted 19 saves in 38:27 of action.
Milwaukee (22-13-1-5) found the scoresheet on the power play, 68 seconds into the second period. Defenseman Jonathan Blum cranked a shot from deep in the zone and right wing Hugh Jessiman was able to reach out and deflect it past Chicago goaltender Peter Mannino.
Chicago (21-16-0-2) regained a three-goal lead, 4-1, 4:39 into the second period when defenseman Mike Vernace clanked a shot up off the crossbar and over Pickard.
The Wolves pulled further ahead, 5-1, at 6:45 of the second frame. Oystrick ripped a long shot at Pickard, which bounced off the netminder's pads and onto the stick of center Johnny Pohl, who guided it past Pickard into the back of the net.
Left wing Brett Sterling made the score 6-1 in favor of the Wolves with 8:23 left to play in the middle period. The left wing collected the puck in front of the net and roofed it, beating Pickard for his team-leading 19th goal of the season.
Center Matt Anderson pocketed the Wolves' seventh goal of the day, at 12:37 of the middle frame. Oystrick's shot from the blue line bounced off the wall behind the goal and Anderson collected the puck and pushed it over the line. The marker sent Pickard back to the bench in favor of Dekanich.
Jessiman added a second power-play marker for the Admirals at 14:43 of the second period to make the score 7-2. Mannino moved out of position to make a save and the puck was lost in a scrum, but Jessiman was able to come up with it and knock it into the goal.
Mannino (9-3-0) posted 17 saves in the win.
The Wolves travel to Texas for a pair of games against the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center, beginning tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Milwaukee 0 2 0 -- 2
Chicago 3 4 0 -- 7
First Period---1, Chicago, Stapleton 17 (Crabb, Oystrick), 9:57; 2, Chicago, Chelios 5 (Krog, Pohl), 10:50; 3, Chicago, Holzapfel 4 (Welch, Doell), 11:04. Penalties---None.
Second Period---4, Milwaukee, Jessiman 7 (Blum, Deitrich), 1:08 pp; 5, Chicago, Vernace 1 (Sterling, Krog), 4:39; 6, Chicago, Pohl 12 (Oystrick, Stapleton), 6:45; 7, Chicago, Sterling 19 (Doell, Machacek), 11:37; 8, Chicago, Anderson 5 (Oystrick, Stapleton), 12:37; 9, Milwaukee, Jessiman 8 (Santorelli, Blum), 14:43 pp. Penalties---Krog, Chicago (hooking), 1:03; Maki, Milwaukee (interference), 6:02; Welch, Chicago (hooking), 14:13.
Third Period---None. Penalties---None.
Shots on goal---Milwaukee: 3-6-10--19. Chicago: 8-15-9--32.
Power plays---Milwaukee: 2-2. Chicago: 1-1.
Goalies---Milwaukee, Dekanich (19-22), 38:27, replaced by Pickard (6-10), 21:33. Chicago, Mannino (17-19). A---6,189.
Referee---Nygel Pelletier. Linesmen---Bryan Pancich and Jesse Pletsch.