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Special teams the difference in Wolves’ loss to Admirals

Niles 03/06/12--Matt Clacksleans forward hear young fan's question. Chicago Wolves Left Wing Matt Clackscame Niles Public Library Tuesday evening encourage

Niles, 03/06/12--Matt Clackson leans forward to hear a young fan's question. Chicago Wolves Left Wing Matt Clackson came to Niles Public Library Tuesday evening to encourage young readers and talk about hockey. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 24, 2013 11:20PM

The Wolves and Milwaukee Admirals each were playing for the third consecutive day Sunday, so the fatigue factor was the same for both teams.

What wasn’t was the same was the special-teams play. The Admirals got two power-play goals and held the Wolves scoreless on four man-advantage chances in a 4-1 victory at Allstate Arena.

‘‘We are getting everything we can out of these guys, and it comes down to being able to finish,’’ Wolves coach Scott Arniel said.

The intensity of the game was apparent three minutes in, when two fights broke out. Immediately after the first altercation, the Admirals’ Michael Liambas and the Wolves’ Devin DiDiomete squared off at center ice after exchanging words before a faceoff. That accounted for most of the action until Brad Winchester scored the only goal of the period at 16:01 to give the Admirals a 1-0 lead.

Craig Smith put the Admirals up 2-0 on a power-play goal at 1:28 of the second. Smith finished with a goal and two assists.

After Kevin Connauton pulled the Wolves (30-23-5-4) to 2-1 on a 50-foot slap shot at 13:41 of the second, the Admirals regained their two-goal lead on a power-play goal by Austin Watson at 17:56.

The Admirals’ Michael Latta closed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 6.1 seconds left.

‘‘I think we just need to
win battles down low,’’ Wolves forward Michael Davies. ‘‘It comes down to hard work. We have to play as a unit of 20 and come to work every night.’’

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