The last time the Admirals played in Milwaukee, it was a feel-good 4-1 drubbing of the Chicago Wolves. The Ads scored twice on the power-play, and outside of the Blake Geoffrion hit that has knocked him out of action, it was a great send off for the team as they embarked on this 10-game road trip.
The Admirals have not scored on the power play since. That’s zero for 24 with the man-advantage in seven games on this road trip.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, the Oklahoma City Barons scored three power play goals of their own, en route to a 4-1 victory over the Admirals.
The first goal came after a 5×3 power play expired, with Kelsey Wilson still in the box serving a hooking penalty. Credit to the PK unit for killing off the 5×3, especially since one of the Admirals skaters was playing without a stick. That unit was out there a long time with the Admirals unable to clear the zone. And while Mark Dekanich made a spectacular save on Linus Omark’s first shot, Omark was able to score on the follow-up.
Colin McDonald deflected a Taylor Chorney pass in the 2nd period for a power play goal while Linus Klasen served a high-sticking penalty that was called behind the play.
Liam Reddox scored an even strength breakaway goal for the Barons after Mark Santorelli giftwrapped it for him in the neutral zone. Made it a 3-0 lead 54 seconds into the 3rd period. A backbreaker.
Linus Omark scored his second power play marker of the game later in the 3rd period just after another 5×3 power play finished up. Mark Santorelli had just come back on the ice when Omark’s backhand shot lifted the puck over Dex’s pads.
Chris Mueller answered back, finishing a 2-on-1 rush with his 7th goal of the year 50 seconds later. Santorelli got his first assist of the year on the goal.
Memo to the rest of the team — whatever Chris Mueller is eating for breakfast on this roadtrip, make it your business to do the same. Whatever music he’s listening to to get ready for the game, make it your business to learn the words. Outside of Mark Dekanich, Chris Mueller has been the MVP of this road trip.
– Linus Klasen was able to play after leaving Sunday evening’s game. Blake Geoffrion is still out.
– Dan Gendur did not make his Admiral debut.
– Seven games into the ten game road trip, the Admirals have outshot their opponent just once — the 4-0 win over Lake Erie.
– In these two games against OKC, the Admirals gave up 5 power play goals on 12 chances.
-QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION:
Hopefully you aren’t hitting the panic button just yet…..but in light of this southern swing, what are you concerned about the most with the way this team is playing?