Milwaukee Fish Fry eats wolves in shootout

The Milwaukee Fish Fry hosts the Chicago Wolves on March 12, 2022. (Courtesy Milwaukee Admirals)

Connor Ingram stopped 32 shots in regulation and overtime and four of five shooters to guide the Milwaukee Admirals to a 2-1 shootout win over the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

With the game tied at 1-1 after 65 minutes, Admirals captain Cole Schneider scored in the first round of the shootout, followed by three straight misses. Stefan Noesen scored in the third round to keep Wolves alive, but Milwaukee’s Graham Knott went over the top with a backhand to put the Ads over the precipice. Chicago’s Maxim Letunov lost control of the puck on the final attempt and Milwaukee skated out with the win.

The win capped a seven-game home season for the Admirals, who went 4-1-1-1 over that streak. It was also the fifth time in the last seven games that Milwaukee needed to go beyond regulation to decide a winner.

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Ingram’s win was his 24th of the season, tied for the most in the AHL.

Wolves scored the only goal of the first period when Noesen scored his AHL-leading 31st goal of the season with 1:27 left in the first period.

Tommy Novak tied the score for the Admirals at 6:44 of the second period. The game started when Jeremy Davies hauled the puck into the Chicago zone and took a shot from the top of the left circle that was stopped by Wolves goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov. Rocco Grimaldi picked up the rebound and passed it through the crease to a crashing Novak, who dropped to his knees to score his third of the season.

The goal extended Novak’s scoring streak to six games, while Davies’ assist was his fifth consecutive game with at least one point.

The Admirals and Wolves finish their home-and-away game next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Allstate Arena. The Admirals’ next home game is March 19 when they take on the Texas Stars at 6 p.m.

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