Milwaukee saw its recent hot streak flame out as Colton Sceviour scored in overtime to rally the visiting Texas Stars to a 2-1 win.
After a scoreless first period, Austin Watson, who’s been on a tear of late, gave the Ads the lead 2:17 after the break. Watson blasted a shot on net from the right wall, but as Christopher Nilstorp reached out to glove it, the puck trickled away from him. Daniel Bang handled it in front and fed it back to Watson and he was able to bank it in off Nilstorp’s left side.
Defensively the Admirals played sound hockey with good nights out of Jon Blum, Ryan Ellis and Victor Bartley and late in the third Milwaukee had killed off both penalties they’d surrendered. Then came a too many men on the ice penalty that frustrated coach Dean Evason.
It led to a goal by Cody Eakin with 6:25 left in regulation that tied the game up. A Matt Fraser shot bounced off Jeremy Smith’s chest and high over the heads of Blum and Scott Valentine who both tried to whack it down the ice in mid-air.
Instead the puck bounced to Eakin who beat a surprised Smitty.
In overtime, Tomas Vincour took a slapper from near the blue line that Smith couldn’t freeze as the rebound bounced right to a waiting Sceviour who put it past him.
Evason didn’t mince words describing the game-winner and his goalie’s night overall.
Evason also talked about his frustration with the too many men penalty that led to the game-tying goal and his disappointment with his team’s special teams play.
After Friday’s win over Chicago, Evason had talked about how much the power play was missing Taylor Beck and though it was good to see Beck back on the ice for the Admirals, Evason reaffirmed that he wasn’t back to form.
It’s still early and the division and conference have shown a lot of parity as Evason was quick to point out.
As far as individuals go, Coach was impressed with how Watson and Bang continued to create together, and with the play of Cam Reid.
Evason said Ben Ryan is out with an “upper body injury” but is expected back soon. The same can’t be said on captain Mike Moore’s status on which Evason has “no idea.”
So now that Beck is back and the power play didn’t seem to get much better tonight, how do you think the Ads should make it better?
What was your verdict on Smitty tonight? Do you credit those goals to his defense, him or some other mythical force at work?
Who impressed you the most tonight? Keep in mind up until those two errors, the Admirals had played a very disciplined game particularly defensively.
Hey it was a tough loss, but don’t forget that Christmas is right around the corner. And when you think hockey and Christmas nothing brings a smile quite like this.