Admirals Return to Winning Ways; beat Wolves 4-1

Felix Girard netted his second goal of the season in this afternoon’s 4-1 home victory over the Chicago Wolves. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Admirals won 4-1 against the Chicago Wolves Sunday afternoon. Magnus Hellberg picked up his second win of the season in net as Viktor Stalberg, Felix Girard, Colton Sissons, and Mike Liambas all registed goals in front of him.

“We did like how we responded,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. “Certainly we played a different game than we played last night. We played with a lot of energy tonight. Lot of competitiveness.”

Viktor Stalberg opened up the scoring for the Admirals in the second period from the power-play. The goal was beautifully set up by Viktor Arvidsson with a shot-pass that fooled everyone but Stalberg on the back post. It was a tap in. And Stalberg’s first AHL goal since the 2009-10 season as a member of the Toronto Marlies.

Arvidsson’s presence on the ice continued with a fantastic shift that lead to the Admirals second goal of the contest. After cycling the boards with Triston Grant, a shot on goal was kicked out by Matt Climie right to the tape of Felix Girard – who scored his second goal of the season. The two goals were scored 2:21 apart from each other.

There was also a fight in the second period. Jake Chelios had a run at Rich Clune that caught the eye of Jonathan Diaby. The bout wasn’t anything close to the spectacle that Grant vs. Maggio was. Still, it’s great to see the Admirals willingness to stand up for one another.

The Admirals offense was back in attack during the third period courtesy of Colton Sissons. It was a tic-tac-toe play from neutral ice all the way to goal. Brendan Leipsic picked out Stalberg breaking down the left wing, Stalberg dished up a pass across Climie to Sissons, and Sissons smacked it home for his second goal of the season.

With a late power-play given, the Wolves emptied their net and ended Magnus Hellberg’s shutout bid with 1:03 remaining in regulation. A shot to the net was spilled out to Terry Broadhurst – whose low shot got through traffic and Hellberg to deny the Swede from what would have been his eighth career AHL shutout.

“He seems real calm,” said Evason of Hellberg. “He’s taking away a lot of net. When Magnus is good, and I have no idea about goaltending, but it sure seems that when he looks big he’s big. You don’t see a lot of net. He’s done a good job.”

The net was emptied again by the Wolves. This time they paid for it. Clune passed up to Mike Liambas who, after gaining neutral ice, fired into the empty net for his first goal of the season. Finishing this game off with a 4-1 win that ends the Admirals two-game losing skid.

Ramblings: Today’s scratches included Pontus Aberg, Patrick Cehlin, Garrett Noonan, and Frederick Gaudreau. Both teams rotated their goaltenders from the previous night. That meant a second start of the season for Magnus Hellberg. The goal for Viktor Stalberg was his first AHL goal since 2/20/10 as a member of the Toronto Marlies. The team he scored on? The Manitoba Moose. With their 31 shots on goal, the Milwaukee Admirals pushed the Chicago Wolves to a new season high for shots allowed in a game.

Thoughts from today’s game? Was this a return to form for the Admirals? Should Magnus Hellberg start being given a chance to start more games? Did we see the last of Viktor Stalberg on his conditioning assignment here today?

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6 thoughts on “Admirals Return to Winning Ways; beat Wolves 4-1”

  1. This was an important game for Milwaukee early in the season. The Admirals had probably their worst performance of the season last night in Chicago, but responded well on Sunday. This is one of those games that teams kind of have to win, playing in their second game of the weekend, while Chicago was on the back-end of a 3-in-3. Plus it was against the team that had whipped them the previous night. Great to see Milwaukee deliver a statement with a complete effort, and great to see the Admirals step up and face head on Chicago’s physical play.

    It is interesting to see how this division is shaping up much like the Central Division in the NHL, with the teams built in much of the same way as their NHL affiliates. The NHL’s Central Division is loaded, and so is the AHL’s Midwest Division with five very talented hockey clubs. It would nice to swap Iowa and Grand Rapids, so that another Central Division team, Minnesota, could have it’s prospects involved in this battle royal. It going to be a really fun season of hockey.

  2. the admirals are now getting tested after winning a couple games early in the season hopefully colton and miikka can get going on the offense

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