Remember those early season troubles with Oklahoma City? Consider them a thing of the past.
Grant Lewis carried the day for Milwaukee, racking up a three point night as the Admirals completely shut down the Barons with a 6-1 victory Wednesday’s night.
Things didn’t look good for Milwaukee in the early going as Oklahoma City center Milan Kytnar opened the scoring just 1:29 in. But the Barons got into penalty trouble from that point forward and Lewis took over.
First Lewis helped setup Gabriel Bourque’s power play goal five minutes in. Then in the final minute of the first period, Lewis doubled his goal total with a power play tally. 52 seconds later Ryan Flynn picked up the back breaker for the Admirals, giving Milwaukee a 3-1 lead with just five seconds left in the opening stanza.
Milwaukee added three more goals in the second period for the final margin of victory. First it was Ryan Thang, then Lewis scored his second of the game, and finally Andreas Thuresson closed out the scoring. The Admirals coasted home from there with a rather uneventful third period.
After a rough first AHL start in Milwaukee on Tuesday, goaltender Anders Lindback had a solid night in between the pipes for the Admirals, stopping 32 of 33 shots.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee lit up longtime NHL netminder Martin Gerber with four goals on just 17 shots, before chasing him out of the net in the second period.
Tonight marked the Admirals first action against the Barons with Zack Stortini in the line up, but the heavy weight goon was quiet against Milwaukee. Stortini picked up just one minor penalty for tripping late in the first period. However, that penalty resulted in the Admirals’ second goal.
Along with Lewis, Milwaukee got multi-point nights from Roman Josi (2 assists), Blake Geoffrion (2 assists), Ryan Thang (1 goal, 1 assist) and Gabriel Bourque (1 goal, 1 assist).
No Linus Klasen in the line up proved no problem for the Admirals offensively on this two-game southern swing. Milwaukee racked up 11 goals in the back to back games.
With the win the Admirals actually gained some separation in the Western Conference race. Milwaukee moved up to 75 points on the season, which is four in front of second place Peoria.
The Admirals return home Friday for another clash with the Chicago Wolves. It is Milwaukee’s only home game in their next five contests.
So Roundtable, what do you think of the outstanding night from Grant Lewis? Could he a be a solution to Milwaukee’s power play struggles, or was tonight’s effort just a fluke?