Pohl’s late strike lifts Wolves over Ads

Chicago rallied out of a 2-0 first-period deficit, and Johnny Pohl broke a 3-3 tie at 19:44 of the third frame to send the first-place Wolves home with a 4-3 road win over Milwaukee on Tuesday at the Bradley Center.

Joey Crabb picked up the lone assist on the game-winner by Pohl, who finished with a goal and a helper on the night and now ranks fourth on the Wolves with 45 points (15-30-45) in 54 games this season.

Andreas Thuresson and Marty Murray scored to give the Admirals a 2-0 lead 14:55 into the contest, but Wolves forward Tim Stapleton cut his team’s deficit in half with a power play goal in the waning seconds of the opening period.

Kevin Doell tallied the equalizer early in the second frame, and Rylan Kaip gave the Wolves a 3-2 edge with 4:13 to play only to watch Milwaukee’s Chris Mueller tie it just 54 seconds later.

That set the stage for Pohl’s late game-winner, which lifted the Wolves to 18-2-1-3 in their last 24 contests.

Chicago goaltender Peter Mannino (23-3-0) earned his 15th consecutive win with 26 saves between the pipes.

The Admirals, who fell to 1-4-0-1 in their last six outings, remain four points up on San Antonio for the West Division’s fourth and final postseason berth.