No Bite; Admirals Shutout 2-0 In Lake Erie

(Photo Credit: John Saraya // Lake Erie Monsters)
(Photo Credit: John Saraya // Lake Erie Monsters)

The Milwaukee Admirals lost 2-0 on the road against the Lake Erie Monsters Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

This game was really lacking serious energy from both sides as far as the first and third periods of play were concerned. Even the second period, which saw some chances created, only saw a taste of finishing quality in the dying seconds of the frame. In the end the Monsters really only ever needed the lone goal lead but would add a late secondary tally in the third period as Anton Forsberg shut the lights out on the Admirals – stopping all thirty-six shots on goal that he faced. The Monsters winning streak is now up to four-games and their point streak has extended to six-games.

The game’s opening goal wouldn’t come until late in the second period. Following their second penalty kill of the period the Monsters were able to get a two-on-two rush into the zone and score with 22.7 seconds remaining in the frame. Alex Broadhurst’s pass from the left wing cleared Taylor Aronson and hit Sonny Milano skating ahead of Colton Sissons. Milano would finish off in style past Marek Mazanec with a backhanded flick to record his seventh goal of the season.

With the Admirals pressing with the net emptied and extra attacker on a neutral zone face-off forced Mazanec back on the ice. The Monsters would pounce off of the draw and get a silky smooth backhanded goal from Daniel Zaar that went underneath the pads of Mazanec and in with 31.1 seconds remaining to make it a 2-0 Monsters lead from Zaar’s sixteenth goal of the season.

The Monsters only ever needed the lone goal from Milano the way they were defending. The Admirals may have registered a high number of shots on goal tonight but not many of those were from high quality scoring areas. It made for a rather calm night in net for Anton Forsberg who stopped every shot to earn his first shutout of the season and fourth of his AHL career.

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals last played the NHL Trade Deadline took place. During the deadline the Nashville Predators acquired defenseman Corey Potter from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for future considerations. Potter had been playing this entire season at the AHL level with the Springfield Falcons where he played 52 games, had 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists), a plus/minus rating of +4, and 32 penalty minutes. The Predators also did a paper transaction that saw Viktor Arvidsson be reassigned to the Admirals prior to the NHL Trade Deadline in an effort to make him eligible to be part of the Admirals playoff roster. Not too long after the official deadline had passed the Predators immediately recalled Arvidsson from the Admirals roster. Tonight’s line combinations were: Reinhart-Sissons-Gaudreau, Fiala-Hodgson-Åberg, White-Kamenev-Görtz, Payerl-Girard-Bass, Oligny-Elliott, Noonan-Aronson, Näkyvä-Murphy. Tonight’s scratches were: Jamie Devane (healthy), Patrick Mullen (right hand laceration), Corey Potter (yet to join team), and Johan Alm (lower-body). As noted on the Admirals pre-game show via Aaron Sims, defenseman Corey Potter has yet to join the team but the expectation is for him to meet up with his new teammates for practice tomorrow in Cleveland.

Thoughts on tonight’s game? Is the Milwaukee Admirals inability to generate consistent offense becoming a major issue? What are teams specifically doing to the Admirals to squash their offensive chances?

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