Milwaukee got its look at the vaunted Oklahoma City Barons in back-to-back Friday and Saturday night action.
The Barons were as good as advertised defeating Milwaukee 2-1 in overtime on Friday and flexing their offensive muscles in Saturday’s 5-2 win.
The Admirals seemed to be riding their recent hot streak high in the first game, taking OKC down to the wire. The Admirals scored first when Austin Watson got a nice feed from Gabriel Bourque (great to finally see him back).
But despite putting 43 shots on Yann Danis, the goalie was solid and kept Milwaukee off the board for the rest of the contest.
Danis ended the weekend stopping 77 shots and only allowing three goals.
Former University of Wisconsin talent Justin Schultz was an Admirals killer all weekend. He assisted on both Taylor Fedun’s equalizer and Marc Arcobello’s game-winner 3:18 into the extra period Friday.
After the Admirals got the early lead again on Saturday when Daniel Bang scored his second of the year, Schultz tied the game later in the first period.
The real stars of Saturday were OKC’s more famous NHL talents. Taylor Hall assisted Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ goal with 48 seconds left in the first period to put the Barons up for good.
Hall assisted RNH again on an empty netter with 53 seconds left in the game that put OKC up 5-2.
Things got chippy early in the second game with both teams combining for 60 minutes of penalties in the first period, 20 of those minutes coming from a continued altercation between Milwaukee call-up Charles-Oliver Roussel and Dane Byers.
The Admirals’ penalty kill wasn’t up to its high standards as two of OKC’s three power play opportunities resulted in goals. Milwaukee meanwhile couldn’t capitalize on the three man-advantages it received.
Maybe the worst sight of the weekend, however, was Taylor Beck laying motionless on the ice Friday night. Beck, who’s been one of the Admiral’s top producers, crashed headfirst into the boards in the third period and was carried off in a stretcher. Fortunately he displayed hand motions and was talking to his teammates after the game. It’s not known how much time Beck will miss with the injury.
The Admirals will hope to get their offense back on track heading to Rosemont to take on the Wolves. After starting the rivalry off with a 7-4 blowout win at home, part two comes with the Admirals in need of a big rebound.