Milwaukee’s first three wins this season against Chicago are quickly becoming a distant memory.
Instead Saturday night represented the Admirals their third straight loss to Wolves, this time falling 4-2 to Chicago at Allstate Arena.
Other than the location the game played out in much the same fashion as Milwaukee’s previous two losses to the Wolves.
In the first period the Wolves built up a 3-1 lead, chasing Admirals starting goaltender Atte Engren. Joel Champaign scored Milwaukee’s only goal of the period.
Early in the third period Taylor Beck got the Admirals back within two goals, but Wolves goaltender Matt Climie shut the door from that point forward.
Other than a 23-shot second period, the game featured few highlights for Milwaukee. Three of the Admirals top players, Chris Mueller, Gabriel Bourque and Ryan Ellis all finished as -2s. And Chicago scored a pair of power play goals against a Milwaukee penalty kill that continues to struggle.
The only other moment of significance in the game for Milwaukee came from former Admiral Darren Hayder, who with his first period assist, reached 700 career points in the AHL. Haydar is just the 22nd player ever to do so.
So Roundtable . . . Another tough pill to swallow for Milwaukee against Chicago. What can the Admirals do differently against the Wolves? Was tonight just an example of poor Milwaukee goaltending? Or is Chicago starting to click under new head coach Craig MacTavish? Any love for Haydar’s remarkable accomplishment?