The Milwaukee Admirals earned a 4-1 victory in tonight’s home opener at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. This was a defensive style game against the Hershey Bears but the Admirals were up to the task and found timely offense to secure their fourth successive win to start the season.
The Milwaukee Admirals won 4-1 against the Hershey Bears at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Friday night.
Anders Lindbäck was great tonight but he wasn’t tested that often by Hershey. The Admirals defense limited the Bears to sixteen shots. Timely offense from Tyler Kelleher and company helped see the Admirals continue on as the AHL’s lone unbeaten team.
“Things are clicking right now,” said Tyler Kelleher. “It’s been fun. Obviously, for any team or any league you’re in, winning is fun. I think we’re really coming together as a team and we’re just trying to keep it up.”
It has been a very long time since the Milwaukee Admirals have seen the Hershey Bears. In fact, the last meeting was the 2006 AHL Calder Cup Finals where the Bears defeated the Admirals and a very young Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber in a six-game series. That series ended in Milwaukee on 6/15/06 with a 5-1 Bears victory. Needless to say, much has changed for the two sides since they last played. Today: let’s simply focus in on what’s happening in 2017-18.
Joonas Lyytinen has been reassigned by the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) to the Norfolk Admirals (ECHL). This move comes a week after the organization did the same thing to get Fred Allard playing time with Norfolk. Both of the Admirals will be playing Friday and Saturday night. Lyytinen should make his North American professional playing debut in the ECHL as Norfolk travel to face-off against the Colorado Eagles.
The Milwaukee Admirals held practice this morning at the MSOE Kern Center. They have been there this week as the Milwaukee Wave get going on their season at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. That would mean, if you’re free tomorrow around 10:00 AM CDT on towards noon, you could get a final glimpse at these Admirals ahead of the first two home games of the season this weekend.
The Nashville Predators have officially recalled Frédérick Gaudreau from the Milwaukee Admirals and placed defenseman Yannick Weber on injured reserve. In addition, defenseman Fred Allard has been recalled back to Milwaukee from the Norfolk Admirals after he was assigned to the ECHL last Friday.
It doesn’t take much more than to look at this season’s roster for the Milwaukee Admirals to know there are very good ingredients for success. There is a solid veteran leadership group. There were some good additions that worked around last season’s departures. And there were loads of returning talent that help make for instant chemistry from the get-go. That much has become immediately true. The Admirals started the season off with three road games and won them all while scoring 5 goals in each victory. As it stands, they are the AHL’s final team after two weeks of hockey to have an unbeaten record.
The Milwaukee Admirals won 5-3 on the road Sunday evening against the Rockford IceHogs at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
This game became a thriller in the closing minutes. The Admirals had a fantastic defensive effort but would see a 4-1 lead get shrunken down to 4-3 after successive goals scored by Laurent Dauphin late. The Admirals would shut the door with an empty netter scored by Tyler Kelleher that secured his second goal of the game and a third straight Admirals road win to start the 2017-18 season.
“You can’t say enough,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason of Tyler Kelleher. “He’s done all the right things early in the season. Not even offensively, you can throw the numbers out, but he’s done the right things as far as all areas of the game. He’s playing the game the right way. He’s competing. And he’s a real, real good teammate.”
It feels it has been too long between games for the Milwaukee Admirals. They opened up the 2017-18 season last weekend in Iowa and took a pair of wins. The energy levels were high. The question now becomes whether or not a week between games will have lessened that or if it doesn’t even matter. The thing that kind of helps in the energy department today for the Admirals: their opponent today played less than 24 hours ago.
The Milwaukee Admirals ran practice this morning at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. There was a delay to conduct a touch of ice maintenance. With all the construction taking place in the building humidity has caused a bit of havoc with consistency in the playing surface for the ice. Hopefully that gets clamped down in a week’s time as the home opener is fast approaching.