Ads get 3 of 4 points in Illinois two-in-two

The Admirals got to see both sides of the shootout round over the course of two days last weekend as they picked up three points of a possible four.

Milwaukee lost a head-scratcher to Peoria Friday night after it seemed like they’d rallied for a regulation victory.

The Rivermen took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission thanks to goals from Jaden Schwartz and Sergey Andronov, but Michael Latta cut the deficit in half in the second period.

Joonas Jarvinen tied the game 4:21 into the third period, but a few minutes later Evgeny Grachev answered.

Later in the period, the Admirals took the lead in rapid fashion. Mark Van Guilder tied thing up again at 12:28 and Austin Watson put Milwaukee up 30 seconds later.

But with just 41 seconds left in regulation, with Peoria goalie Mike McKenna on the bench, Ian Cole put one past Jeremy Smith to knot the score yet again.

The Admirals didn’t score in the shootout, while Peoria escaped with a win on goals by Schwartz and T.J. Hensick.

Saturday night, it was Milwaukee that forced extra time in the third period.

After Watson and Daniel Bang gave the Admirals a 2-1 lead, Chicago found itself in front in the third period as Jordan Schroeder and Zack Kassian scored unanswered goals.

With 2:43 left in the game, Watson continued his hot streak, forcing overtime.

Watson wasn’t done, putting the Admirals up early in the shootout, but neither was Kassian as his do-or-die goal kept the Wolves alive.

After Magnus Hellberg turned Bill Sweatt away, and Jonathon Blum put one past Eddie Lack, Hellberg stoned Anton Rodin to seal an Ads victory.

After losing three straight heading into the weekend, Milwaukee got back on track thanks to some big individual performances.

Watson had a monster weekend with three goals and one shootout goal to go with an assist. Speaking of assists, Ryan Ellis picked up one in each game in his long-awaited return and was active on offense with 8 shots.

Both Admirals goalies found themselves in similar spots, and it was Hellberg who stood tall, literally, in the shootout round. While Hellberg is 4-0 officially, it remains a mystery why the team hasn’t been as successful in Smitty’s 14 starts in net.

The Admirals played the kind of incredibly disciplined hockey that coach Dean Evason looks for each night, giving their opponents just one power play chance in each game. However, Milwaukee went 0 for 6 on the man-advantage.

The Admirals will complete a three-in-three tomorrow with a trip to Grand Rapids, and then some much needed rest before hosting Chicago Friday.

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