The Admirals won 4-1 on the road against the Hamilton Bulldogs Wednesday night. It is now a five game winning streak for the Admirals as their complete game, offense and defense, helped see them to another solid performance.
This game started off with two successful power-play goals for the Admirals. The first opportunity came thanks to a “Check of the Year” candidate by Triston Grant. The veteran lined up Davis Drewiske in front of the penalty box area and laid him out. This drew the attention of Jack Nevins. The officials sent Nevins to the box after he made a scene of the incident by dropping his gloves and looking to engage Grant.
As would be the case, Grant would capitalize on the power-play he helped create. He had Austin Watson on his opposite wing and was looking to pass across to him. As he tried to feed across the puck deflected in past goaltender Mike Condon off of Darren Dietz’s skate. The goal for Grant goes down as his fourth of the season.
The second power-play chance of the night was a little less of a fluke and a little more of a YouTube highlight. Brendan Leipsic, returning for the first time since being a healthy scratch the last two games, delivered a perfect wing-to-wing feed to Watson who buried his team leading fifteenth goal into an open net. The assist for Leipsic was his twenty-second on the season – half of which have come on the power-play.
Just following a successful penalty kill for the Admirals they were picking a puck out of their own net. Daniel Carr let loose an absolute howitzer of a slap shot from the right point that alluded the screen of Gabriel Dumont and netminder Magnus Hellberg for Carr’s seventh goal of the season. With the goal scored by the Bulldogs it snapped the Admirals shutout streak that lasted 148:50 of ice time over the course of four games.
A minute into the third period the Admirals scored to make it a 3-1 game. Rich Clune skated in off the left wing pocket before tossing a puck to the traffic out in front of the net. The puck appeared to hit Felix Girard’s stick as he was falling down on the ice and then took a final deflection off of the leg of Zach Budish before going in past Condon. That wacky mess of a goal counts all the same. It gets recorded as Budish’s fourth goal for the Admirals this season.
Hamilton attempted to pull a Patrick Roy tactic by emptying their net with 3:44 left in game trailing by two goals. The Admirals managed to shove off the pressure and capped the contest off with an empty net tally for Pontus Aberg – his fourteenth goal of the season.
Hellberg’s night in net was relatively calm. The defense out in front of him forced much of the activity for the Bulldogs to the outside along the wall. Their lone goal just so happened to be a shot coming from far out on the perimeter with a screen. Beyond that, Hellberg stopped 20/21 shots on goal to help the Admirals to their fifth straight win.
Ramblings: Prior to the game, Rob Madore was recalled to the Milwaukee Admirals from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. He was on the bench tonight. Marek Mazanec should be expected to be officially recalled by the Nashville Predators tomorrow. Tonight’s scratches were Mike Liambas (healthy), Frederick Gaudreau (healthy), Taylor Aronson (undisclosed injury), Johan Alm (upper-body), and Marek Mazanec (being called up). The win tonight improved the Admirals to fifth place in the Western Conference standings. It was also the 100th career win for Dean Evason as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals.
Thoughts on tonight’s game? What is impressing you about the Admirals during this win streak? How did Brendan Leipsic play in his return to the lineup?