The Chicago Wolves offense finally broke through Milwaukee goaltender Pekka Rinne for four goals in the first two periods, and sent the AHL All-Star to the bench early in a crucial 4-1 Game Five win in Chicago.
The Wolves now will look to eliminate their old nemesis tonight in Milwaukee in Game Six of their AHL West Division Semi-final series. Chicago leads 3-2 in the best-of-7.
Rinne was outstanding in the first four games, stopping over 94% of the shots Chicago's high-powered offense fired his way.
But in the pivotal fifth game, Brett Sterling scored just under 2 minutes into the game to give the Wolves an early lead, and some much-needed confidence after having all 37 of their shots stopped in Game Four.
The Wolves outplayed Milwaukee badly in the fourth game of this series, but Rinne's stellar play and two key third period goals allowed the Admirals to steal the win.
Chicago will try to ride the momentum from Game Five into tonight's sixth game and eliminate the Admirals.
Rinne will look to shake off his sub-par performance and keep his team in the hunt and force a seventh game.
It's do-or-die for Milwaukee in tonight's Game Six in the Bradley Center.