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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Wolves double up Admirals 6-3; Haydar scores hat trick

Milwaukee—The Milwaukee Admirals dropped their third in a row as the Chicago Wolves doubled up the score, 6-3, with former Admirals player Darren Haydar scoring a hat trick in play at the Bradley Center, here Saturday.

A season high crowd of 13, 843 saw the Admirals unable to keep up with the Wolves. Although the Admirals fired all their goals high, defeating Ondrej Pavelec, who drops for every shot on goal. They were unable to find enough to lift their score. Pekka Rinne, the Nashville prospect goalie who has returned to Milwaukee after being injured during the 2006 off-season, seems unable to stop the Wolves as the performance of the Admirals has deteriorated since an early season overtime win over the Wolves.

The Admirals are currently tied for last place in the Western Division of the American Hockey League. The current three game losing streak starting last week with a loss to the Wolves.

The Wolves come off a loss to the Rockford IceHogs on a road trip to Rockford Friday night. Their win on Saturday, and a loss by the Rockford IceHogs, keeps the IceHogs and the Wolves within a point of each other for the Western Division lead, with the Wolves trailing and also having four games in hand.

For the second night in a row, the Wolves power play, ranked second in the league, rocked their opponents. Haydar’s first goal, a power play goal, evened up the score with the Admirals in the second period. It was followed by two more goals in under four minutes to give the Wolves a 3-1 lead, including Haydar’s second of the night.

Haydar’s third period power play goal proved to be the game winner. It was the third hat trick of Haydar’s professional career. Since being returned to Chicago by the Atlanta Thrashers the forward has scored 17 goals in nine games.

Steve Martins ended the Milwaukee hopes of sending the game into overtime with a third period goal with a little over three and half minutes remaining, and then Martins also scored a short-handed and empty net goal with a 1.37 remaining in the game.

Chicago 0 3 3 -- 6
Milwaukee 0 2 1 -- 3

First Period---None. Penalties---Schmidt, Milwaukee (cross-checking), 1:49; Lehman, Chicago (holding), 6:50; Martins, Chicago (slashing), 8:44; Niskala, Milwaukee (slashing), 9:31; Lehman, Chicago (fighting), 13:53; Wilson, Milwaukee (fighting), 13:53; Fretter, Chicago (hooking), 16:40.

Second Period---1, Milwaukee, Ellison 9 (Sulzer, Peverley), 6:46 pp.; 2, Chicago, Haydar 3 (Pilar, Krog), 11:47 pp.; 3, Chicago, Sterling 21 (Crabb, Krog), 15:05; 4, Chicago, Haydar 4 (Sterling), 15:44; 5, Milwaukee, Peverley 8 (Sulzer, Pihlstrom), 17:15 pp. Penalties---Kwiatkowski, Chicago (hooking), 6:17; Henry, Milwaukee (roughing), 8:32; Schultz, Chicago (roughing), 9:02; Langfeld, Milwaukee (high-sticking), 11:34; Martins, Chicago (hooking), 12:29; Bench, Chicago (too many men), 16:59; Peverley, Milwaukee (roughing), 19:49.

Third Period---6, Chicago, Haydar, 5 (Kwiatkowski, Krog), 3:03 pp.; 7, Milwaukee, Vigilante 9 (Santorelli), 6:18; 8, Chicago, Martins 12 (unassisted), 16:28; 9, Chicago, Martins 13 (unassisted), 18:23 sh. Penalties---Wilson, Milwaukee (slashing), 2:47; Deveaux, Chicago (hooking), 17:25; Deveaux, Chicago (slashing, misconduct), 19:46.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 8-13-8--29. Milwaukee: 11-10-9--30. Power plays---Chicago: 2-6. Milwaukee: 2-9. Goalies--Chicago, Pavelec (27-30). Milwaukee, Rinne (23-29). A---13,843. Referee---Frederick L'Ecuyer. Linesmen---Roger Behling and Chris Allman.

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