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.
-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.