If you hadn’t heard about Milwaukee’s acquisition of Brad Winchester Tuesday, you certainly should have by now.
The new Admiral made his presence known in more ways than one in Wednesday night’s 3-2 loss to Houston, making an impact on and off the scorecard.
Winchester’s first-point initiation didn’t take long.
Early in the first period, Anthony Bitetto fired the puck from the Admirals zone all the way down to the boards behind Houston goalie Darcy Kuemper.
Winchester had a beat on the puck and was easily able to grab it and feed it back to Taylor Beck. Beck fed it left in front to Chris Mueller who put away the one timer to put Milwaukee up 1-0 at 7:35.
Here’s Winchester on his part of the play:
David McIntyre tied it up less than two minutes later when Charlie Coyle hit him on a cross-ice feed. While Jeremy Smith looked caught in a bad position, Mike Moore certainly could’ve done more to help him out.
Shorty after the goal, Winchester leveled Johan Larsson with a beautiful clean open-ice hit. The Aeros responded by going after Michael Latta after the ensuing faceoff.
Houston took the lead 5:07 into the second period when Beck fired a bad pass seemingly right to Jason Zucker. The shot was pure and the play happened so fast that Smitty had little time to react.
Austin Watson redirected a long wrister by Scott Valentine at the 17:07 mark of the period, but the tie would be short-lived.
Just 52 seconds later, Nick Petersen came out of a weave sent home the eventual game winner for Houston from the slot.
The power play continued to struggle with the scoreless streak now at 28 attempts. After the game Evason said the PP units were still frustrated and weren’t able to get anything going that they’d hoped to during the week.
Evason also felt Smitty played well enough to win with 25 saves, but mentioned his team’s inability to start the way it finishes in the intensity department.
Evason was still pleased with the start of Winchester’s Admiral career and the prospects of what he can bring to the roster.
Evason said Jani Lajunen was a healthy scratch for reasons he didn’t disclose.
The Ads’ winless streak is now at six games heading into Country Music night this Friday against OKC.
So we’ve heard what Evason is trying to do with the power play. Do you agree?
What did you think of Winchester? Did he seem a step above the rest with his pro pedigree?
Were you as thrilled as we were to see the Soup Nazi? Or did hearing the phrase “No Soup for You!” over and over start to get a tad old by the end of the game?