With the 4-games-to-3 series win, Chicago (4-3) will move on to face the Texas Stars in the West Division Final, which will begin at the Allstate Arena on Fri., April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
“We put in 60 minutes. I really liked our game overall,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “You’ve got to hand them credit. We played two real solid periods and they wouldn’t go away. They never stopped coming at us.”
Right wing Anthony Stewart got Chicago on the board first, 12:29 into the first period when he cranked a shot from the left face-off circle over goaltender Mark Dekanich’s right shoulder.
Center Kevin Doell made the Wolves lead 2-0 at 13:57 of the opening period, with what held up to be the game-winning tally. Right wing Spencer Machacek worked the puck out of the corner and attempted to wrap around and jam the puck between Dekanich’s pad and the post. The rebound kicked out to a waiting Doell, who pounced on it and fired it to the back of the net.
Milwaukee (3-4) got on the board with a power-play goal, 3:01 into the second period to make the score 2-1. Center Marty Murray slapped a long shot from the right face-off circle that evaded a screened Mannino (4-2).
Dekanich (3-4) turned aside 35 shots for the Admirals.
Milwaukee 0 1 0 -- 1
Chicago 2 0 0 -- 2
First Period---1, Chicago, Stewart 3 (Crabb), 12:29; 2, Chicago, Doell 3 (Machacek, Holzapfel), 13:57. Penalties---Dekanich, Milwaukee (delay of game), 10:09; Stapleton, Chicago (boarding), 16:44.
Second Period---3, Milwaukee, Murray 2 (Sulzer, Blum), 3:01 pp. Penalties---Stapleton, Chicago (tripping), 2:14.
Third Period---None. Penalties---None.
Shots on goal---Milwaukee: 5-6-4--15. Chicago: 15-14-8--37. Power plays---Milwaukee: 1-2. Chicago: 0-1. Goalies---Milwaukee, Dekanich (35-37). Chicago, Mannino (14-15). A---3,405. Referee---Frederick L’Ecuyer. Linesmen---Bryan Pancich and Judson Ritter.