The Admirals have fallen victim to some great performances in net this season, but Saturday night, they got one of their own.
Jeremy Smith stopped all 34 shots he faced against Peoria, and Milwaukee gave him some offense in a 3-0 road win.
The current captain, Mike Moore, outshone the former captain, Scott Ford. Moore got his first goal of the season 15:09 into the game to put the Ads up 1-0 and from then on it was all Admirals.
Despite giving up six power play opportunities, the Ads’ penalty kill continued to excel killing off all six.
Michael Latta continued his recent production assisting on the Moore goal and on a Mark Van Guilder strike that made it 2-0 30 seconds into the second period.
Chris Mueller got the late empty-netter to seal the deal in the third period.
Quality, rather than quantity got the job done for Milwaukee. Unlike the 2-1 loss to Lake Erie the night before, the Admirals pulled off the win despite being outshot 34-23. Coach Evason had talked about trying to utilize the “dirty areas”, and the team seemed to take that to heart, getting more action in front of the net Saturday.
Yes, it helped that Peoria has been a pretty lousy team so far this year at 2-5. But after a loss as frustrating as Friday night’s, it was important for the Ads to get a win against an inferior opponent.
With a matchup against a high-scoring Grand Rapids squad Wednesday morning, and a home battle against division-leading Chicago on the horizon, Milwaukee will take all the momentum it can get.