Kyle Wilson suited up for Milwaukee Tuesday night after a two-game absence and the time off looked like it certainly did him some good.
Wilson scored two goals in the second period to help the Ads Checkmate Charlotte 4-0, a crucial victory to kick off a seven-game road trip.
After Taylor Beck Furied the Fury to open the scoring for Milwaukee 2:56 into the second period, Wilson gave the Ads a 2-0 lead 52 seconds later. Thang blasted a shot above the right circle that deflected off Checkers’ goalie Mike Murphy then took a wild bounce off Wilson’s chest into the net.
Wilson’s second goal of the period involved less luck and more skill as Kyle feigned a look to center as he approached the net, only to wrist one right over Murphy’s left shoulder at the 13:55 mark. Assist went to newcomer Matthew Aubin, who made his first start for the Ads this season after getting the call-up from Cincy Sunday.
Ryan Flynn made it 4-0 when MVG found him in front of the net off a wraparound try, and after three solid whacks the puck finally squeaked through.
As if playing seven of their last eight on the road wasn’t a daunting enough task, the Ads are dealing with the suspensions of Michael Latta and Jeremy Smith after Sunday’s bench-clearing brawl.
Smith made the start, opting to serve his suspension Thursday, and was solid between the pipes recording his fifth shutout of the year.
-Jon Blum was a late scratch for Tuesday leaving the Ads with another hole in their roster for an unknown amount of time as of yet.
-With a Rochester regulation loss tonight, Milwaukee would climb to 10th place, just two points out of the playoffs.
How big is it to have Wilson’s presence around the net back in the lineup as the Ads make a final press for the playoffs?
Do you think Sunday’s fight will be looked back upon as a rallying point come late April making the suspensions worth the price?
6 thoughts on “Wilson Returns, leads Ads past Checkers”
I said it on Ryan’s Facebook post too, but I’ll repeat it here. The Admirals are in 10th place in points, but they are in 8th place when it comes to win %. Which basically means the playoffs are theirs to lose. Take care of those games in hand and they’re in. Still a long road to travel, but it’s nice knowing they control their own fate and don’t have to rely on teams losing to make it in.
Magic number dropped to 13 points (from 17). We’re only 6 points behind the Wolves for first place in the division. It’s going to be a tight race the next two weeks.
I suppose no one knows what’s up with Blum? Healthy scratch or did he have some minor injury? I missed parts of the pregame show so I didn’t hear anything about Blum.
I know what’s up with Blum.
Ads score four goals and give up none with him in the presser.
The article in the MJS calls the winning goaltender Michael Smith. It was special from Charlotte, but doesn’t anybody read those stories before they print them? Cough, cough, MJS editors and Dave Boehler?
I think the fight could light a fire under the team. Too bad that it came so late in the season. I remember around 1995, the Admirals were drifting along. Gino Cavallini scored a goal in Houston and two Aeros jumped him. It led to a big brawl. Milwaukee was like a runaway train after that! They lost to eventual champion Denver in the semi-finals.