The Ads got out to a big lead against the Checkers Sunday, and this time they closed it out, pulling off a 5-2 victory with relative ease.
Milwaukee never trailed as Patrick Cehlin and Gabriel Bourque scored just under two minutes apart early in the first period. MVG and a still scorching Austin Watson gave the Ads a 4-1 advantage in the second, and Bourque added another goal midway through the third to round out a more than satisfying offensive output.
As he’s done in each game he’s started so far, Magnus Hellberg benefited from plenty of scoring support and put together one of his better nights in net stopping 26 shots.
The second goal scored against Hellberg came from a sloppy clearing attempt by the big goalie, but it proved to be harmless thanks to the late four-goal lead.
Milwaukee was equally sound on defense, forcing some big turnovers that led to both of Bourque’s goals.
Luckily the Admirals didn’t need much help from their struggling power play unit as they failed to score five times with the man advantage. The penalty kill got back to form on the flip side, killing off three scattered penalties.
Michael Latta had a big night with three assists as he was on the ice for four of the goals scored. So far he’s proven to be a pretty good facilitator this year when he’s not in the penalty box.
Cam Reid continued to impress with a beautiful no-look backhand pass through three defenders that set up Watson’s one-timer.
Milwaukee will take on Charlotte again on Tuesday, and while it’s tough to beat the same team twice in a row in any sport, the Ads will hope to carry momentum into their third and final game of the road trip.