The Milwaukee Admirals lost 4-0 against the Lake Erie Monsters Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
This was the Admirals seventh game played in its last eleven days. It was also the Monsters fourth game of a ten game road trip. Both looked sluggish. Both played sloppy. But it was the Admirals that never looked to have any life left in this system. They were accumulated only nineteen shots on goal and Brad Thiessen, a PTO signing for the Monsters from the Admirals ECHL affiliate the Cincinnati Cyclones, stopped them all.
After a slow lifeless start to this game the Monsters scored the opening goal from a shorthanded tally midway through the send period. A puck was rimming up and out towards the right wind wall on the Admirals power-play when it hit a seam and kicked out into the faceoff circle. Max Reinhart and Michael Chaput were racing for the same spot and Chaput won the race, chipped a puck past Reinhart, and was off on an odd-man break the other way. Conor Allen split Chaput and Manny Malhotra. The saucer pass wing to wing was delivered to perfection and Malhotra beat Juuse Saros glove side to record his first goal of the season.
The Monsters added to their lead later in the second period from a net-front battle. Michael Paliotta was swooping down the left wing when he hit a snap pass to the opposite wing back post to Kerby Rychel that was put on net, deflected off the leg of Garrett Noonan defending out in front, and popped into the net past Saros by the man that initiated the entire play – Paliotta. The goal was his sixth scored this season.
In the third period, after a lengthy shift in attack, the Monsters tagged the Admirals for another goal. The cycle play kept rolling and, for a moment, had Saros scrambling out to make a stop and get back in position. Once he was stationed back in place Dillon Heatherington threw a snapshot from the center point that elevated crossbar and down for his second goal of the season.
For desperation sake, the Admirals went empty net and extra attacker with 3:30 remaining in regulation while trailing by three-goals. This went as you might have expected given how the game went: poor. Chaput, who had assisted on all three previous goals, scored into the empty net for his seventh goal of the season.
The result for Saros in net is only the fourth loss from eighteen games played this season. He stopped nineteen of the Monsters twenty-three of shots on goal tonight. I’d go as far to say he was the most active Admirals player on the ice tonight.
Ramblings: Prior to tonight’s game the Nashville Predators signed Milwaukee Admirals forward Frédérick Gaudreau to a two-year entry level contract. Vladislav Kamenev and his Russian team were defeated 4-3 in overtime by the host country Finland in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships gold medal game. Kamenev scored the game’s opening goal from a power-play and was given a game misconduct with two minutes remaining in regulation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Tonight’s line combinations for the Admirals were: Fiala-Sissons-Gaudreau, Åberg-Reinhart-Payerl, White-Girard-Görtz, Devane-Pendenza-Larraza, Noonan-Oligny, Allen-Alm, Diaby-Näkyvä. Tonight’s scratches were: Cody Bass (upper-body), Vinny Saponari (healthy), Taylor Aronson (lower-body), Victor Bartley (undisclosed), and Trevor Murphy (upper-body).
What can you even say after a game like this? What is wrong and can you simply say this team is tired?