Milwaukee fans, thank your lucky stars–the five game losing streak is over! Maybe all the Admirals needed was a little motivation left over from last year’s playoffs.
In the first battle of the season between the Admirals and Aeros since last year’s seven-game battle in the West Division finals, Milwaukee picked up a pair of goals in the second period on Houston’s All-Star goaltender Matt Hackett. Blake Geoffrion got on the board with the first goal in the period’s first two minutes, while Jonathon Blum added an assist (both pleasant surprises). Kyle Wilson scored the game-winner on a power play at the 7:22 mark of the middle frame.
From that point the Admirals held on for dear life allowing a lone goal in the third period by Jeff Taffe. But Milwaukee goaltender Atte Engren stopped everything else for a 24-save victory.
A couple of other bonuses from today’s game. 1) The Admirals did NOT give up a power play goal (a definite rarity). 2) Milwaukee won on the road (another rarity). 3) After the tough travel day yesterday following the loss to Peoria, the Admirals offered a great effort.
After watching the Super Bowl in the Lone Star state Milwaukee will try to extend its winning streak to TWO games Tuesday night in the first of two straight contests at Texas–another 2011 playoff foe.