The Milwaukee Admirals lost 4-1 against the Iowa Wild Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Admirals have now lost four straight games and five of their last six-games. Meanwhile, this win for the Wild was their fourth win from five games.
The Wild were able to get out in front six minutes into the first period through Zack Mitchell’s eleventh goal of the season. The Admirals defense was caught over-committing numbers to a puck battle on the left wing and, when the puck freed up, Mitchell had the slot all to himself to get a pass and wire in a shot through the wickets of Juuse Saros to give the Wild a 1-0 lead.
In the second period a great individual effort by Max Reinhart put the Admirals level at 1-1. Reinhart was swooping down the left wing when he snapped a low wrister off the pads of former-Admirals goaltender Jeremy Smith. The puck bounced ever so slightly off the pads and Reinhart took a second crack at the free puck and managed to get it through for his team leading eleventh goal of the season.
It only took 2:19 of ice time before the Wild regained their lead. A pass behind the Admirals net hit hard off of Jimmy Oligny’s stick and spilled into the offensive zone for the Wild. Kurtis Gabriel launched in, corralled the loose puck, and roofed a backhander past Saros for his fourth goal of the season.
After an extended shift in attack Mitchell added his second of the game to give the Wild a 3-1 second period lead. The Wild’s cycle game had the Admirals in a scramble and, eventually, a puck kicked back towards Mitchell at the top of the left wing circle where he would move in and rip a wrister high glove-side of Saros to bury his twelfth goal of the season.
There weren’t many highlights for the Admirals to speak of in this game but they did receive one during a third period penalty kill. As Zach Palmquist was racing into the zone down the right wing wall Cody Bass hammered him up and into the curved glass at the Admirals bench – cracking it clean in half. There was a slight delay to repair the ice and it appeared a fan was hurt when the glass panel exploded out of place.
The Wild bashed in another goal after a sequence of passes and rebounds that set up Michael Keränen at the side of the cage for a tap in and his sixth goal of the season. The troubling factor was once again the Wild winning a five-on-five battle but the initial shot by Joe Finley as he lept up into the play forced a rebound off to Saros glove side where Keränen was alone for the garbage tally.
With 2:26 remaining, trailing 4-1, the Admirals called for Saros to come to the bench and go for the desperate empty net and extra attacker scenario. That all went for naught in both respects and the game would end with that final scoreline.
Ramblings: Since last night’s game there were no roster moves made by the Milwaukee Admirals. Relating to last night’s game, Grand Rapids Griffins forward Alden Hirschfeld suffered a seizure during the contest and left the Van Andel Arena in stable condition. He visited his teammates this morning and was cited to be in good spirits and set to travel back to Toledo to rest at home with his family. Tonight’s line combinations for the Admirals featured some pretty drastic changes: White-Sissons-Åberg, Fiala-Gaudreau-Görtz, Payerl-Reinhart-Bass, Devane-Girard-Pendenza, Näkyvä-Alm, Allen-Oligny, Noonan-Murphy. Tonight’s scratches were: Vladislav Kamenev (jet lag), Zac Larraza (healthy), Jonathan Diaby (healthy), Victor Bartley (undisclosed), and Taylor Aronson (lower-body).
What are your reactions to this game? What is it about the Milwaukee Admirals that always seem to get the best of the Iowa Wild?