It is still the month of February, yes, but the Milwaukee Admirals schedule for the month ended with last night’s 2-1 loss on the road against the Chicago Wolves. Sort of a downer of a game to end the month on knowing how strong the previous effort was against the exact same team -but- that sort of sums of the month of February for the Admirals.
This past month has been a bit topsy-turvy. It hasn’t been awful. It hasn’t been great. The Admirals held a record of 6-5-0-0 in the month of February. Much of that span has been spent in a sluggish manner where the offense isn’t performing as well as it is capable of. Despite that, the Admirals still move on with more wins than losses on the month. Could it have been better? Sure. Could it have been worse? Far more so – but it wasn’t thanks to some timely performances from the group.
It’s a month such as February that makes it tricky to pluck out an individual performer who I identify as better than the rest. As I weight the options I keep coming back to one individual who seemed to not only do a tremendous job in his own right but elevate those around him in the process. That man would be none other than the captain, Colton Sissons.
In February the Admirals captain produced 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games. It was Sissons biggest month of offensive output in the AHL this season and he did it all while doing his prototypical all-around work rate. Sissons operates on both sides of the puck and that lends itself to his work on both the Admirals power-play and penalty kill. As you’ll notice in the Admiral Mentions portion – the top two considerations for this monthly award were predominantly wingers with Sissons throughout the month. That isn’t a coincidence that their games were also elevated thanks to the abilities of Sissons in February.
Admirable Mentions: Max Reinhart, 6 points (4 goals, 2 assist) in 9 games with an average of 2.9 shots on goal per game… Frédérick Gaudreau, 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 11 games while operating on an Admirals penalty kill that went 91.9% (34/37) in February… Kevin Fiala, 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 11 games… Cody Hodgson, 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 8 games with an average of 3.6 shots on goal per game… Max Görtz, 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games… Trevor Murphy, 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 10 games… Taylor Aronson, 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 11 games… Juuse Saros, 2 wins from 4 starts including a shutout, 2.13 goals against average, and 0.910 save percentage.91.9% (34/37)
~Admiral of the Month Award~
October: Félix Girard
November: Viktor Arvidsson
December: Frédérick Gaudreau
January: Marek Mazanec
February: Colton Sissons
Who do you feel was the Milwaukee Admirals top performer during the month of February? Was it Colton Sissons, Max Reinhart, Frédérick Gaudreau, or someone else? Answer in the comment section below.
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