Left wing Colin Stuart, a member of the Wolves 2005 Western Conference Championship squad, broke a 1-1 tie at 8:05 of the second stanza. He finished a three-on-two break by beating Admirals goaltender Brian Finley with a snap shot over his blocker at 8:05 of the second stanza.
Late in the period, Nick Naumenko gave the Wolves a two-goal advantage, 3-1, with a power-play marker. He one-timed a Brian Maloney pass from the left circle that crossed the goal line at 19:57 of the second stanza.
The Wolves tacked on to that lead, 4-1, when center Scott Kelman deposited his second goal of the preseason early in the third frame. Kelman finished a two-on-one with linemate Adam Huxley by beating Finley, top-shelf, at 8:59 of the final frame.
Chicago (2-2-0-0) edged out the second-place Admirals for the West Division title by two points last season.
Milwaukee (0-2-0-0) earned points in eight of its 10 regular-season meetings against Chicago last season (6-2-1-1).
Wolves right wing Pat Dwyer started the scoring, 1-0, midway through the first period on the power play. Dwyer took advantage of a fortunate bounce in the slot during a scramble and fired a shot over Finley's right shoulder at 8:12 of the opening stanza.
Finley recorded 32 saves in the loss.
Milwaukee right wing Darren Haydar evened things up, 1-1, early in the second period. Haydar took a feed from the point on the left hash mark and sniped a shot past Wolves netmidner Gregg Nauemnko from a sharp angle at 7:02 of the middle frame.
Naumenko (1-1), a Chicago native and younger brother of teammate Nick, turned aside 16 of the 17 shots he faced, before being replaced by Tuomas Tarkki at 33:27. Tarkki registered 12 saves.
The Wolves meet the Admirals to round out their preseason schedule at the Hoffman Estates Community Center and Ice Arena Sunday at 3 p.m.
Chicago 1 2 1 – 4
Milwaukee 0 1 0 – 1
First Period—1, Chicago, P. Dwyer (Desbiens, Maloney), 8:12 pp. Penalties—Malts, Milwaukee (slashing), 0:33; Bonni, Milwaukee (holding), 3:43; Johnson, Milwaukee (goaltender interference), 5:55; Glenn, Milwaukee (cross-checking), 6:35; Baby, Chicago (hooking), 9:21; Brookbank, Milwaukee (slashing), 9:42; Stuart, Chicago (holding), 10:35; Stuart, Chicago (hooking), 15:39; Manson, Chicago (hooking), 17:40; N. Naumenko, Chicago (slashing), 19:14.
Second Period—2, Milwaukee, Haydar (Reimannn, Malts), 7:02 pp; 3, Chicago, Stuart (Kelman, Smyth), 8:05; 4, Chicago, N. Naumenko (Maloney, Abid), 19:57 pp. Penalties—Mizzi, Milwaukee (slashing), 2:30, Manson, Chicago (interference), 5:03; Stuart, Chicago (tripping), 8:55; Reimann, Milwaukee (slashing), 10:01; Brookbank, Milwaukee (roughing), 10:16; Maloney, Chicago (roughing), 15:27; Snowball, Milwaukee (roughing), 18:22; Shishkanov, Milwaukee (roughing), 19:00.
Third Period—5, Chicago, Kelman (Huxley), 8:59. Penalties—Maloney, Chicago (interference), 1:40; Sharrow, Chicago (tripping), 6:49; Manson, Chicago (fighting), 10:19; Snowball, Milwaukee (fighting), 10:19; Smyth, Chicago (fighting), 11:12; Malts, Milwaukee (fighting), 11:12; Dwyer, Chicago (hooking), 12:27; N. Naumenko, Chicago (slashing), 15:56.
Shots on goal—Chicago: 16-15-5–36. Milwaukee: 10-8-11–29.
Power plays—Chicago: 2-10. Milwaukee: 1-12.
Goalies–Chicago, G. Naumenko (16-17), replaced by Tuomas Tarkki (12-12) at 33:27. Milwaukee, Brian Finley (32-36).
Referee— Brian Pochmara.
Linesmen—Dan Dineen and Roger Behlin.