The Milwaukee Admirals won a 1-0 shutout on the road against the Lake Erie Monsters Saturday afternoon at the Quicken Loans Arena.
This contest was by no means a thrill ride as both defenses really clogged scoring chances up today. The Admirals got all they needed thanks to some of that clogged up traffic being eased with a power-play and a goal from Stefan Elliott. The rest came down to defending properly and allowing Marek Mazanec to shine once again. The Czech stopped all nineteen shots he faced this afternoon to record his third shutout of the season. Those three shutouts have all come in his last seven starts.
For the second time in less than twenty-four hours defenseman Stefan Elliott had himself a power-play goal in the building he used to call home. The power-play chance came in the second period after the Monsters were finally whistled down for having too many men on the ice – something that was a serious point of contention with last night’s overtime game-winner on the Admirals side of things. With the power-play chance Taylor Aronson went point-to-point with Elliot before receiving a pass back and setting up his fellow defenseman with a feed into the wheelhouse for bomb of a one-timed slap shot. The puck ricocheted off almost every post and in to give Elliott his second goal of the season and fourth point in three-games since joining the Admirals roster.
In net, Mazanec wasn’t quite as tested as he was yesterday but a load of credit should be given to the defensive effort in front of him. The defensemen and forwards all did an outstanding job minimizing quality scoring chances for the Monsters and those that came through found an incredibly in-form Mazanec who denied every shot he faced today. He really was tremendous in net this weekend in Lake Erie.
The Admirals win pushes their record to 26-13-3-0 (55 points). There are still plenty of games to be played today but the Admirals should end the weekend in a comfortable spot as their 0.655 points percentage through forty-two games played really is solid. The team will continue to rest up, heal up, and return to game action back in Milwaukee this coming Saturday against the Grand Rapids Griffins before the AHL All-Star break begins.
Ramblings: Following last night’s game the Milwaukee Admirals signed forward Matt Leitner of the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL) to a PTO contract. Today’s line combinations were: Hodgson-Sissons-Gaudreau, Åberg-Reinhart-Görtz, White-Leitner-Payerl, Devane-Girard-Pendenza, Oligny-Elliott, Näkyvä-Mullen, Alm-Aronson. Today’s scratches were: Viktor Arvidsson (undisclosed injury), Vladislav Kamenev (lower-body injury), Jonathan Diaby (undisclosed injury), and Trevor Murphy (undisclosed injury – but did participate in pre-game skate).
Thoughts on today’s game? I know it isn’t as flashy as last weekend but how great has this retooled Milwaukee Admirals defense looked since it has formed? Is this current run for Marek Mazanec the best he has ever played?