An Oklahoma Oil Slick Washes Away Milwaukee 5-2

The Admirals first ever game against the Oklahoma City  Barons was one they would prefer to forget.  Milwaukee fell 5-2 to the Barons.  It was the Admirals  worst loss of the season, giving up five goals for the first time.  It was also Milwaukee’s largest deficit in a loss so far.

Jeremy Smith suffered his first loss with the Admirals, picking up 24 saves on 29 shots. Milwaukee remains with just one win with a goaltender not named Mark Dekanich in net.

Three of the goals came on deflections, but the back breaker was a short handed goal by Jeff Petry early in the third.  It was a tally I’m sure Smith wishes he could have back.  Worse it was the goal that put the game out of reach at 4-1.

The Barons also picked up a pair of goals on the power play as Milwaukee’s struggling special teams again played a factor.

Linus Klasen buried his first goal in six games for the Admirals only tally of the first period.  Klasen’s team leading ninth goal of the season got Milwaukee back into the game after a horrid start.  The Admirals surrendered three goals on their first nine shots.

Milwaukee’s other goal came in the final minute, credited to Aaron Johnson.  Within the next few seconds two fights broke out, including a classic confrontation between Jake Taylor of the Barons and Kelsey Wilson.  Shortly after Ryan Flynn got in his first professional fight in the under card, matching up with Jordan Bendfeld.

The tussles were a final message sent by the Milwaukee that they will be ready for the rematch on Tuesday.

Final Notes:

-Blake Geoffrion remains out of the lineup.

-Klasen suffered an injury in the third period.  It’s unclear at this point if he will miss any games or if the injury was significant.

-Milwaukee drops to 9-5-1-3 on the season and has yet to win on southern swing of the franchise tying 10-game road trip.

-After enjoying a five game winning streak the Admirals have now lost three games in a row.

-Click here for the AHL’s score sheet.  Here is Milwaukee’s recap.  And Oklahoma City’s version.

6 thoughts on “An Oklahoma Oil Slick Washes Away Milwaukee 5-2”

  1. @ryaber Tweeted that Klasen left after getting hit in the face. But that it looked less serious than the first player that left with a facial injury.

    1) What was he hit with?
    2) Who was the first player to leave and what was the extent of his injury?
    3) Any update on the injury?

    Thanks for the continued great coverage of the Ads!

  2. I am assuming he is talking about the 1st player being Mueller? He got hit in the face with a shot. I know he was back later in the game. Not sure where in the face he was hit and if he needed some stitches. I am assuming so-there was blood on the ice. Hopefully he didn’t lose any teeth.

  3. SLake, Klasen had to helped off the ice by his teammates, which is never a good sign. But I think he just just got the wind knocked out of him and was a little woozy. Just speculating here, but with the score 5-1 and out of reach at the time, even if Klasen was healthy enough to return I’m pretty sure the Admirals would not have allowed him to go back out anyway. With the game’s chippy finish, Klasen is the last guy Milwaukee wanted to be involved, so my guess is that it was just a precautionary thing.

  4. Word on the street is a “possible concussion” for Klasen. But that’s a fancy way of saying there was contact with the head, and we don’t know how serious yet. We should find out more later this week. And I think Jason hit the nail on the head — why send him back out there if there’s any question, especially with the way the game was going at that point.

    Mueller is one tough customer.

    Blake Geoffrion may be close to returning to action, and may suit up before this trip is done.

  5. Thanks for the replies!

    I was fearing head contact/concussion again for Klasen after the vicious elbow he received in the rookie camp that kept him out of all training camp. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on that one…

    Good to hear about Geoffrion. I think this year is shaping up to be a bit of an adjustment year for Blake, but look forward to him getting back healthy and continuing to develop throughout the season.

    Thanks again!

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