MILWAUKEE—Despite scoring two third-period goals, the Chicago Wolves comeback attempt fell short as they dropped a 3-2 Amtrak Rivalry decision to the Milwaukee Admirals Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.
Forwards Brett Sterling and Bill Sweatt scored six minutes apart in the third period for Chicago, which lost to the Admirals for the ninth time in 11 tries this season.
With the loss, the Wolves dropped out of a tie with Milwaukee for ninth in the Western Conference playoff standings and now sit in 10th place with three regular-season games remaining.
After left wing Kevin Henderson scored at 3:18 of the third period to put Milwaukee (38-28-4-3) up 3-0, Chicago (36-28-5-4) cut its deficit to 3-1 four minutes later when Sterling’s wrister from the near circle sailed over the glove of Admirals netminder Magnus Hellberg at 7:33.
Sweatt drew the Wolves within one goal when his shot from the slot evaded Hellberg at 13:17. However, that puck would be the last to get by Hellberg as he closed the door on Chicago the rest of the way.
The Admirals opened scoring with a power-play score from center Zach Hamill, when his pass from behind the Wolves net bounced off a Chicago defender and into the mesh behind netminder Matt Climie at 9:13 of the first period.
Left wing Joshua Shalla added to Milwaukee’s goal total 8:29 into the middle frame when he capitalized on a Wolves error at center ice and took the puck back down the ice and deposited a shot throught the legs of Climie.
Climie (23-24-3) stopped 29 of 32 shots, while Hellberg (19-13-0) posted 15 saves.
Chicago travels to Cleveland for its final road game of the regular season against Lake Erie at 6:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.