Unlike Wednesday night’s loss to Texas, Milwaukee outshot its opponent 33-28.
Like Wednesday night’s loss to Texas, however, another solid performance from an opposing netminder frustrated the Admirals.
Darcy Kuemper stopped all the shots he faced to avenge Houston’s 5-4 overtime loss to Milwaukee a week ago as the Admirals finished their Texas road trip 1-3-0.
Six power play chances were fruitless, and it was a tough night for Jeremy Smith at the other end of the rink. Like Magnus Hellberg had the last time the teams met, Smitty surrendered four goals, but the offense was unable to keep pace with the Aeros.
Jack MacLellan had a busy night with a game-high eight shots on goal and Milwaukee definitely played with the discipline it had lacked the past few contests. The Admirals only had to kill off two penalties, but for once they had a hard time playing up to speed in five-on-five hockey.
After keeping the lead within reach at 2-0 through the second period, the Admirals gave up two more in the third to put the game out of reach.
Charlie Coyle scored a pair of goals for Houston, his second coming at 4:54 of the final period. Johan Larsson, Mikael Granlund and Brian Connelly also recorded multi-point games for the Aeros.
The Admirals will resume action on Halloween night, finally returning home after a four-game road stretch. Milwaukee will look to get some revenge of its own against a Checkers team minus Chris Terry.
Terry was suspended Sunday for three games after an elbowing incident against Grand Rapids on Friday.
The Admirals have yet to get on the board first this season, so they’ll no doubt be looking to get out to a fast start in front of a home crowd Wednesday.