Admirals Enjoy a Super Sunday, Top Defending Western Conference Champion Aeros 2-1

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.

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5 Responses to Admirals Enjoy a Super Sunday, Top Defending Western Conference Champion Aeros 2-1

  1. Engren was huge between the pipes.
    Another start perhaps?

  2. Jason Karnosky says:

    I would go with Engren again in the first game against Texas. Nothing against Jeremy Smith, who hasn’t played badly during the streak, but I think Milwaukee has to go with anything positive at this point.

  3. Engren was a bit lucky in the first 10 minutes of the game, but he was outstanding in the last 30 minutes of the game.

    Great effort by the Ads penalty kill. That was the difference Sunday.

  4. adsfan says:

    Play the hot goalie! If Atte falters, bring Smith back for the second Texas game.

  5. Bonander says:

    In Texas we’re not familiar with Engren, but without question Jeremy Smith is in our [the fans'] heads. He seems next-to-unbeatable every time we play Milwaukee (Oct 30 game notwithstanding). I don’t know the numbers but I would bet Smith’s stats at the Cedar Park Center, including the playoffs, are sparkling.

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