Admirals win season opener, top Wolves in OT

Spencer Stastney scored the game-winning goal 48 seconds into overtime to guide the Milwaukee Admirals to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Wolves in Saturday night's season opener.

Yaroslav Askarov stopped 20 shots to earn the win in net for Milwaukee, who killed off all nine Chicago power-play opportunities.

Stastney, who scored the series clinching goal in the first round of the playoffs last year, took advantage of a bad line change by Chicago, took a pass from Fedor Svechkov and scored stick side on Wolves netminder Adam Scheel.

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The game was scoreless for the first 36 minutes before Nathan Sucese scored off a cross-ice feed from former Admiral Matt Donovan at the 16:11 mark of the second period.

The Admirals would counter quickly thereafter on Denis Gurianov’s first as an Admiral with 1:29 to play in the sandwich stanza. With a draw in the Wolves zone, Fedor Svechkov won the face-off back to Gurianov, who left to for Marc Del Gaizo at the point. He fed the pass back to Gurianov who fired a one-timer over the shoulder of Scheel.

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It was Gurianov’s first AHL goal since Oct. 11, 2019.

The Admirals are back in action next Saturday, Oct. 21 when they take on the Texas Stars at 6 p.m. at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in the team’s home opener.