A week after decimating Peoria at home 8-1, Milwaukee let loose on the road with a spanking of Grand Rapids, 6-2.
Great night on the scoresheet for Linus Klasen (2 goals, 1 assist), Teemu Laakso (2 assists), Gabriel Bourque (2 goals), Mark Santorelli (1 goal, 1 assist) and of course red hot Blake Geoffrion (1 goal, 2 assists), who almost added another shorty late in the third period.
Remember those early season troubles/issues/struggles for Geoffrion. Truly a thing of the past, at least for the past two weeks. Geoffrion now has 13 points in his past four games, plus a bobblehead and an AHL Player of the Week Award. You have to think that Nashville management is starting to take notice.
The Admirals peppered both Grand Rapids goaltenders, Jordan Pearce and Thomas McCollum, with 36 shots and produced one of their most lop-sided differentials of the season.
An unsung hero award for Dylan Hunter tonight, who I thought had a strong game. Ditto for Aaron Johnson who finished as a plus five.
Chris Mueller had a strong effort after making an unexpected return visit to the Admirals. Credit to him for taking his demotion in stride and playing hard tonight, like he does every night no matter what jersey he’s wearing.
Milwaukee goaltender Jeremy Smith coasted home with the win making 25 saves on 27 shots.
What can you say other than this game may have been the Admirals best road effort of the season so far. Milwaukee ups its record to 4-2 against Grand Rapids this year and continues to keep pace with San Antonio in the West Division and Conference with two games in hand on the Rampage, who defeated Lake Erie in a shootout 5-4 tonight.
One last note, Milwaukee went 1 for 3 on the power play (and nearly 2 for 3). Lots of good things/plays on the man advantage tonight. Things are looking up in that department. Perhaps that had something to do with the effort the Griffins put out in the first two periods.
Roundtable, your thoughts?