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Wolves drop another to unbeaten Admirals

Updated: November 30, 2011 8:10AM

A 2-1 victory against the Wolves at Allstate Arena on Friday night left the Milwaukee Admirals (5-0-0-1) as the only unbeaten team in the American Hockey League.

Three of Milwaukee’s wins have come against the Wolves.

“That’s why they’re largely unbeaten with the record they have against us,” Wolves coach Craig MacTavish said. “Our performance tonight was OK. We did a lot of things better.

“We’re a new group trying to instill a bunch of different and new things and trying to get our systems in place. We’re showing some progress. It hasn’t manifested ­itself in wins yet.”

Although Wolves (2-4-0-2) outplayed the Admirals for most of what was a goalie’s duel, right winger Ryan Thang, assisted by center Kyle Wilson, scored the winning goal with 6:27 left to play.

The Wolves are back in ­action at Allstate Arena on Saturday night against the Texas Stars.

When all of the coaching staff and 85 percent of the players are new, the Wolves pretty much are an expansion team. They remain last in the Midwest Division.

The Wolves returned four players from last year’s squad. The Admirals returned 14, including ace goalie Jeremy Smith and veteran starting center Chris Mueller.

Obviously, MacTavish has lots of rebuilding to do.

From start to finish, Matt Climie was magnificent in goal for the Wolves, stopping 37 of 39 shots.

“Both our goalies have been outstanding,” MacTavish said of Climie and Eddy Lack. “What’s plagued us is our inability to score.”

While they killed all three of the Admirals’ power plays, the Wolves went scoreless in their own three.

The Wolves scored first, forward Nathan Longpre picking up his first goal of the season at 9:38 of the second period. Darren Haydar and Tim Miller assisted.

The hosts held that lead for 8 minutes, 45 second before winger Jusso Puustinen converted on a breakaway, defenseman Victor Bartley assisting, for a 1-1 tie that stood through two periods.

Smith stopped 27 of the Wolves’ 28 shots.

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