Milwaukee finally found their Kryptonite in 2011, running into a Swedish brick wall in Moose goaltender Eddie Lack. After sweeping a four game home stand last week, the Admirals couldn’t carry their positive momentum into Canada, dropping a tough one 3-0 to Manitoba Thursday night.
Lack stopped all 27 Admirals shots, but got a few breaks from the posts and cross bar to earn the shut out.
However the biggest issue for Milwaukee remains their problems on special teams. The Admirals went 0-4 power play, while Manitoba converted on both of their man advantage chances.
Mark Dekanich allowed just two goals to take his first loss since returning from injury. He finished with 18 saves. Roman Josi had another strong game for Milwaukee registering four shots on goal. Steve Begin returned to the line up, but finished as a minus 1, registering just one shot on goal.
The Admirals slipped to just 11-10-0-3 on the road. Milwaukee also squandered a chance to move into first place in the West Division on their own as first place Peoria got hammered 7-2 at home against Oklahoma City. The loss also ends Milwaukee’s recent run of feasting on North Division opponents.
The Admirals get one day in Winnipeg to stew over the loss before rematching with the
Jets Moose at the MTS Centre Saturday night. I got to admit, I still do miss the Jets and their awesome playoff White Outs.
So Roundtable, What do you think Milwaukee needs to do to improve their special teams? Is the day in between prior to the rematch beneficial or negative for the Admirals?