Fifteen with Fred Allard

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When looking back on the Nashville Predators 2016 NHL Draft it was clear that they were looking to reinvest into their defensive nucleus and broaden the depth at defense. Dante Fabbro was selected by the Predators with the seventeenth pick in the first round. Samuel Girard would be taken in the second round. And, from the third round to the end, the Predators would draft a further three defensemen.

In that mix would be defenseman Fred Allard who was the second of two draft picks for the Predators in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft. He had just finished his third season with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) which was a then career best: 59 points (14 goals, 45 assists) in 64 games. That would be bestest the very next season including a playoff run with Chicoutimi that was so good that he missed the opportunity to make his pro debut as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals at season’s end that would have saw him potentially link up with fellow Québécois defenseman Girard. He found his way to Milwaukee to start his professional career with the 2017-18 season. And he’s starting to make bigger splashes as a 20-year old AHL rookie.

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Teeth Grinder; Admirals Outlast Moose to 3-2 Win

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The Milwaukee Admirals won 3-2 on the road against the Manitoba Moose on Monday afternoon at Bell MTS Place.

After a dominant opening period it felt like Frédérick Gaudreau and the Admirals were on their way to a special afternoon on Family Day in Canada. Gaudreau netted two goals in the first period but the Admirals would be forced to cling to their opening three goal first period all the way to the final horn. Anders Lindbäck and company managed to thwart a massive push from the Moose in the third period to secure the victory this afternoon in Manitoba.

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Moose: Scouting the Enemy

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Happy Family Day – in Canada. The Milwaukee Admirals begin the first of two games on the road against the Manitoba Moose this afternoon at 2:00 PM CST. The Admirals had their five-game point streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Texas Stars. What the Admirals now actually have is a two-game winless skid that rolls into the Bell MTS Place against a team that has been dominating the Western Conference almost from the start of the 2017-18 season. This will be a slugfest brought to you by the Moose. The Admirals desperately need to answer the bell from start to finish today and Wednesday if they are to manage points out of the first of this four-game road trip.

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Chatterbox, Vol. 255

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The Milwaukee Admirals were shutout 1-0 this afternoon by the Texas Stars. The loss snapped a five-game point streak and ended the last of a four-game homestand on a bit of a down note. Yet, if you were to really put this game under an electron microscope, I think you would be hard pressed to find too many glaring positives or negatives for either team. This was simply a grinding defensive game with a wild bounce resulting in the game’s only goal. The chances for either to generate quality chances, even from the power-play, were almost nonexistent.

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Radio Silence; Admirals Shutout 1-0

(Game Recap: Nicholas Hatch. Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch.)

The Milwaukee Admirals were shutout 1-0 against the Texas Stars at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Saturday afternoon.

In what would become a defensive game, both the Admirals and the Stars received some impressive play out of their starting goalies. The Stars were led by Mike McKenna’s 28-save shutout in the win, while Anders Lindbäck allowed just one goal for the Admirals in a losing effort. This is the fourth time this season the Admirals have been shutout and the loss snaps a five-game point streak.

“We thought we played good. We just didn’t score,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason following the game. “Our power-play had to score. We generated on our power-play, majority of our chances were on our power-play, but we need to capitalize on it.”

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Stars: Scouting the Enemy with the Enemy

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The Milwaukee Admirals first game matched-up against the Texas Stars comes with a Saturday afternoon tilt. What’s amusing is that the first real interaction between the two didn’t come on the ice but off of it when Mark McNeill came to the Admirals while Andrew O’Brien and Tyler Kelleher went to the Stars in a mid-season trade.

To get us up to speed on the Texas Stars season I always greatly enjoy reaching out to our friend Stephen Meserve of 100 Degree Hockey to help us get a good feel for what we’re in for. Yet, he gave us a line change in our usual Q&A with staff writer Ryan Pennington to give us his insight on the Stars who will be playing against our Admirals for three of the next five games.

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Fire & Ice: Part I

The Road to the Battle of the Badges for the Fire Fighters started on January 9, 2018 with the largest turnout in team history. Some will take to Nashville for the 2018 Heroes Cup Tournament in Nashville at the Ford Ice Center on February 23-25 a week ahead of the Milwaukee Admirals Battle of the Badges at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on March 4, 2018. (Photo Credit: Daniel Lavender)

The Milwaukee Admirals will be hosting the annual Battle of the Badges at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Sunday 4 March, 2018. The Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement go head-to-head in a pair of games, 12:00 PM CST and 1:30 PM CST, with proceeds for attendance all going to a great cause.

Fans have two choices. All tickets purchased through the Fire Fighters will support Burn Camp and the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin’s efforts to fight cancer. Tickets purchased through the Law Enforcement will support C.O.P.S. Kids Camp and Cops for Kids.

You can view more details courtesy of the Milwaukee Admirals Battle of the Badges page. You can then allow me to be your guide for what actually goes into all that happens from one side of the rink and off of it. Prior to the Fire Fighters first practice as a team I was contacted by Milwaukee area fire fighter Tony Scott to see if I would like to help promote this year’s event. In year’s past I only sat back and watched these games and saw it as a special treat that I could finally watch a game without the thought of work. After having taken up Scott’s offer now I have a tremendous amount of respect for the magnitude of what the Fire Fighters do to prepare themselves as a hockey team all while keeping us here in Wisconsin that much safer.

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Chatterbox, Vol. 254

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It finally happened. The Milwaukee Admirals lost a game in the shootout. They had been perfect in their first six opportunities and their typical aces to open up the first two rounds of the shootout were near perfect. Justin Kirkland had been 5/5 in shootout attempts. Frédérick Gaudreau was 3/4. And it all took a small step back. There should be good credit given to the San Antonio Rampage who did take the 5-4 shootout win for their play from the second period to the finish. Overall, this game is just slightly numb. Nothing overly great but certainly nothing that bad.

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First Shootout Setback; Admirals Lose 5-4 to Rampage

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The Milwaukee Admirals lost 5-4 in a shootout against the San Antonio Rampage at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Wednesday night.

For the first time this season the Admirals have lost a shootout. They entered the night having won all six shootouts that they had participated in and had the likes of Justin Kirkland scoring on all five attempts. Yet, Kirkland and so many more would miss. Brendan Ranford would be the lone man to score in the final run of Round 5 in tonight’s shootout to get the Rampage the win. The Admirals do earn a point on the evening to extend their point streak to five-games.

“[San Antonio] is a desperate team,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason after the game. “They’ve come in, struggled here on their road trip, and we obviously knew that. What we liked is we were as desperate as they were to start the hockey game. That’s a good sign for us that the group did the right things motivating to get out there and play with that desperation. [San Antonio] plays a hard game. And we did too.”

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