If I am being completely honest, the best save that occurred during the Milwaukee Admirals 2014-15 season happened with the good guys on the receiving end of a glove save that made its was from Cleveland all the way on to ESPN’s Top 10 Plays. That of course was when Lake Erie Monsters netminder Calvin Pickard robbed Kevin Fiala (video).
When it comes to the best save by an Admiral there were only two goalies who could snag the honor. It was all Marek Mazanec and Magnus Hellberg this season (sorry Rob Madore). What was their best of the best? Who came up trumps? After much reviewing I feel it has to be Mazanec’s post-to-post robbery on Brett Ritchie of the Texas Stars back on April 3, 2015.
This looked to be a bang-bang play for the Stars. They had a slight coming together that put Anthony Bitetto down and out in center that provided all the space in the world for Derek Hulak to tee up the unmarked Ritchie on the back post for a wide open one-timer. All that happened except the part where the Stars cashed in. Why? Mazanec’s speed sliding post-to-post to make the initial stop and then his quickness to ensure there would be no rebound opportunity. That’s as good as it gets.
Honorable Mentions, in order of the date in which the occurred: Marek Mazanec (video), Magnus Hellberg (video), Marek Mazanec (video), Marek Mazanec (video), Marek Mazanec (video), and Marek Mazanec (video).
Was this the best save of the Admirals 2014-15 season? Was Pickard’s save on Fiala the best all-in-all save made in hockey this season?