The Milwaukee Admirals lost 4-1 against the Manitoba Moose Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
There is no other way to possibly say it. This game was ugly. It was very ugly. The Admirals scored the opening goal of the night but, perhaps setting the tone, were leveled up by the Moose nineteen seconds later. The Moose would take control of a sloppy game in the third period to win their fourth straight game and extend their points streak to six games.
Vladislav Kamenev marked his return to the lineup by helping the Admirals setup a first period goal. Moose goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was forced to play a puck that was heading for an icing until he spotted the Russian would negate the call. Following some passes around the boards in their own zone Max Görtz picked up a clearance attempt to allow the Admirals to engage on offense. The play would end with Kevin Fiala picking out Görtz in front of the net where he would dodge Hellebuyck’s paddle, and finish in style for his eleventh goal of the season.
It only took the Moose nineteen seconds to answer back. A quick rush off the face-off saw Brenden Kichton step up from the right point and fire a wrister that appeared to fool Marek Mazanec to the glove-side. The goal was Kichton’s sixth of the season.
The game’s next goal wouldn’t come until thirty-two seconds into the third period when a shot from Julian Melchiori was smacked out of the air by Matt Halischuk. Mazanec’s response was immediate. He believed that the goal shouldn’t have counted citing a high stick from Halischuk to reach Melchiori’s shot from the point. In the end there wasn’t even a review. That goal counted and it was Halischuk’s sixth of the season.
Then the ugly of this game took an extra black eye for the Admirals. Patrick Mullen was last man back working the point in attack for the Admirals when he lost the puck and his footing to send Halischuk off to the races on a breakaway. The former Admirals forward waited for Stefan Elliott and John Albert to get into the rush. The two Moose forwards then proceeded to pass back and forth before Albert shot into an empty net for his tenth goal of the season.
With 1:03 remaining in regulation the Admirals burned their timeout hoping to rally with the extra attacker on and the net emptied. This all ended in tears when Scott Kosmachuk buried his twelfth goal of the season into that empty net to give the Admirals their second consecutive regulation loss.
Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals last played they reassigned forward Joe Pendenza to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Tonight’s Line Combinations: Bourque-Hodgson-Åberg, Fiala-Kamenev-Görtz, Reinhart-Sissons-Gaudreau, Devane-Girard-Payerl, Oligny-Elliott, Alm-Aronson, Murphy-Mullen. Tonight’s scratches were both healthy: Kristian Näkyvä and Matt White. The Admirals power-play has failed from sixteen consecutive chances.
Thoughts on tonight’s game? What is happening to the offense? What is wrong with the Admirals power-play?
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