Despite being outshot 43-19 in the game, the Admirals were able to make the most of their chances, en route to a 3-1 win over the Chicago Wolves Friday night in Rosemont.
Connor Shields, Brock McBride, and Patrick Coulombe each scored their first points as Admirals, and Mark Dekanich played like an all-star, getting his 22nd win of the year.
Connor Shields scored his first of the year, putting home a shot after a Grant Lewis attempt missed the mark, and a Brock McBride shot hit iron.
Coulombe was boarded by Andrew Kozek at the 16:03 mark of the first period, and Andreas Thuresson turned into the Incredible Hulk after that and dropped the gloves with Kozek. Thuresson got two for instigating, five for fighting, and a ten minute misconduct. I’m surprised he didn’t get a game misconduct for instigating, though. Didn’t there used to be an automatic suspension? And I’m also surprised that Kozek didn’t get shown the door too.
Anyway, Kozek got five for boarding and five for fighting. So when Thuresson’s instigator penalty concluded, that put the Admirals on a power play, and Ryan Thang was able to score as it was winding down. 27 seconds into the second period, he received a pass that was behind him, and twirled the puck into the net.
Arturs Kulda scored the Wolves only goal with a shot that seemed to be deflected en route past Dekanich.
And then Coulombe, who showed some toughness coming back from the board, gave the Admirals an insurance goal 3:42 into the 3rd. After a neutral zone turnover, he brought the puck into the offensive zone, and his wrister from the top of the right circle went off the far post and in the net.
Steve Begin played his first game in awhile (since January 22nd), and they played him on a line with McBride and Shields. But he didn’t finish the game. He left in the 3rd period, and it’s tough to say what the outlook is for him. We’ll ask Coach about it tomorrow.
The Admirals have points in 11 straight road games. January 13th at Manitoba was the last regulation loss on the road for Milwaukee. Maybe it’s too bad there are only five road games left?
The Moose come to town tomorrow after a 4-3 shootout win in Peoria Friday night. Dave Scatchard (remember him?) had tied it for the Rivermen with less than a minute left in the third, but the Moose went on to win in the bottom of the 7th round of the shootout.