Milwaukee played better against the team that swept it out of the playoffs last season. Unfortunately that didn’t translate into wins.
The Admirals’ winless streak is now at five games as the Heat picked up a 2-1 win Saturday night and a 2-0 victory a day later.
The losses certainly didn’t result from a lack of scoring chances, but the Ads just couldn’t seem to finish. In the third period of Sunday’s matchup, Milwaukee outshot Abbotsford 12-5, but one shot went off the post and another off the top of the net.
Danny Taylor was solid in net Saturday stopping 24 shots, and AHL All Star Barry Brust was even better Sunday making 30 saves to record his fourth shutout of the year.
Krys Kolanos scored the opening goals of both contests as he continued a 10-game point streak against Milwaukee dating back to May of 2009. Brett Carson, who spent last week working with the Calgary Flames in camp, scored two power play goals in two nights, each one ensuring Heat victories.
Kevin Henderson got the lone goal of the weekend for the Admirals at 16:13 of the second period Saturday night. MVG and Taylor Aronson grabbed the assists.
Jeremy Smith stopped 25 of 27 shots in the first loss and Magnus Hellberg stopped 21 the next day, but neither got the support they needed on the offensive side.
The Admirals’ defense kept them in both games despite the losses of Jon Blum, Ryan Ellis and Victor Bartley (who’s coming back from Nashville).
The back-to-back losses, however, continued a recent trend of special teams futility as the Ads are now 0 for their last 24 chances with the man advantage.
Assistant coach Stan Drulia said after Sunday’s game that the team is still trying to figure things out in the wake of the recent Nashville call ups. He feels the power play has been passing up too many shots and is being “too cute.” Going forward he said they’ll try to work on simplifying things on the attack.
As mentioned, Victor Bartley was reassigned to Milwaukee today by Nashville after not appearing in last night’s season opening shootout loss to Columbus. Sad to see him sent back down, but great for the Ads to have him back in the lineup.
On the flip side, Ryan Ellis scored his first NHL goal of the season Saturday night, but was stopped on his shootout attempt. Looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot from him in the big leagues.
Seems like we’ve asked this before but here it is. What are they going to do about that power play?
How do you feel about the defense stepping up even with some of its biggest pieces gone. Does it speak to the depth of this organization at the blue line?
Why do you think the Flames continue to leave Kry Kolanos down in Abbotsford to torment the Ads?