MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The Chicago Wolves opened this year's Amtrak Rivalry series against the Milwaukee Admirals on a sour note, dropping a 7-4 decision Friday night at the Bradley Center.
Forwards Brett Sterling, Jordan Schroeder and Tim Miller and defenseman Mark Matheson scored for the Wolves.
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Milwaukee (5-6-0-0) opened scoring early when left wing Kevin Henderson took a feed from defenseman Victor Bartley and shot the puck past Wolves goalie Eddie Lack at 3:44 of the first period.
Schroeder netted the equalizer for the Wolves (7-4-1-0) 90 seconds later, beating Admirals goaltender Magnus Hellberg at 5:11.
With the score 1-1, the Admirals scored a pair of goals in under two minutes, first from right wing Taylor Beck and then right wing Patrick Cehlin.
The Wolves scored on the power play when Matheson beat Hellberg at 9:55.
Near the end of the first period, Admirals defenseman Scott Valentine beat Lack (6-3-0), who stopped 9 shots before being replaced by Matt Climie at the start of the second period.
Sterling rifled a shot top-shelf past Hellberg, who made 13 saves before being replaced at 31:03 by eventual winning goalie Jeremy Smith (3-6-0). Smith stopped 14 shots.
Center Austin Watson closed out the the second period with a quick wrister past Climie at 19:50 to give the Admirals a 5-3 advantage.
Milwaukee opened a 7-3 lead in the third period behind goals from Beck and defenseman Mike Moore before Miller closed the scoring at 12:35.