Toronto Marlies forward Nazem Kadri had no interest in allowing the Admirals a second straight comeback win.
The former 2009 first-round draft pick’s game-winning goal with just over three minutes left in regulation thwarted Milwaukee’s attempt at back-to-back come from behind victories. Toronto spoiled St. Patrick’s Day for Milwaukee with 3-2 victory at Ricoh Coliseum.
It was Kadri’s second goal of the game. The first in the opening minute of the middle frame gave Toronto a 2-0 edge. After Admirals Mark Van Guilder and Scott Ford couldn’t handle a long rebound from Engren, Kadri buried the loose change.
The Marlies grabbed their first lead 13:51 into the first period as Ryan Hamilton scored his 23rd goal of the season by wiring a point blank blast past Admirals goaltender Atte Engren.
Admirals forward Brodie Dupont got Milwaukee back into the game with a goal 52 seconds before the end of the second period (his third on the weekend). Ryan Flynn setup the play, wrapping the puck around and taking a backhanded shot. Dupont fought his way through a pile of bodies to bang in the rebound. Kyle Wilson’s 18th goal of the year tied things at 2 piece with just over 12 minutes to play in the game. After Jon Blum hit Wilson in stride with a 150-foot stretch pass, Wilson turned to his side and slammed home a backhander on a beautiful effort.
However, unlike the night prior Milwaukee was unable to complete the heroics and pull off the win as Kadri closed the door on the Admirals comeback bid with his 2-on-1 deflection goal la.
Engren stopped 23 of 26 Toronto shots to take the loss, while Jussi Rynnas made 24 saves to earn the victory for the Marlies.
The loss drops Milwaukee to 31-27-2-2, good enough for 66 points. The Admirals remain in 11th place, five points behind eighth place Lake Erie.
So Roundtable . . . Two out of four points on the weekend makes the road to the playoffs that much tougher. However, did you see any positives in the team’s resiliency all weekend? Or were these efforts too little to late?