The Milwaukee Admirals won 1-0 in overtime against the Chicago Wolves Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
This contest dragged clean through regulation after numerous chances for the Admirals were matched by efforts in net of Pheonix Copley. Thankfully, a well orchestrated overtime goal score after a power-play during four-on-four saw the Admirals through to earn maximum points. The trigger man was Admirals leading goal scorer Pontus Åberg who now has sixteen goals this season. The Admirals are now a win away from securing their first Amtrak Trophy over the Wolves since the 2012-13 season.
After a scoreless opening period the gloves dropped in the second period to give fans something to cheer about. Cody Bass and Emerson Clark matched up off a face-off and the Admirals side of the two wearing the numeral 36 had the best of the exchange. Bass out-muscled Clark and landed several clean strikes before bowling him over into the boards.
Despite countless chances throughout the entirety of regulation this game pushed into overtime at a scoreless draw. The plus side of the overtime period for the Admirals was they headed into the frame with fifty-eight seconds of power-play time spilling over from the end of regulation. As the power-play came and went the two sides remained at four-on-four which is where the game finally had a breakthrough.
1:29 into the overtime frame, Kevin Fiala put in a tremendous shift that ended with a drop pass to cycle Trevor Murphy down the left wing and create a two-on-one wing to wing with Pontus Åberg crashing down the right wing. Murphy’s lightning pass connected and Åberg’s tap in beat Pheonix Copley beneath the pads for the Swede’s team leading sixteenth goal of the season.
Nearly lost in all the numerous chances had by the Admirals late in tonight’s game was the third shutout of the season for Juuse Saros. While he wasn’t tested anywhere near his counterpart on the evening, Copley made a season best thirty-eight saves in the overtime loss, Saros did what he needed to do early to give the Admirals a foundation to build from in the second period forward. Saros stopped all twenty-two shots he faced and earned his nineteenth win of the season.
Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals last played on Thursday the team recalled Joe Pendenza from the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL). Tonight’s line combinations were: Reinhart-Gaudreau-Åberg, Fiala-Kamenev-Payerl, White-Girard-Görtz, Devane-Pendenza-Bass, Oligny-Potter, Murphy-Aronson, Näkyvä-Elliott. Tonight’s scratches were: Colton Sissons (healthy), Cody Hodgson (undisclosed), Patrick Mullen (right hand laceration), and Johan Alm (lower body).
Thoughts on tonight’s game? Despite the lack of goals generated tonight can you look at the Milwaukee Admirals performance as a strong one that was matched by an equally outstanding effort from Pheonix Copley? What’s to be expected in tomorrow’s game in Chicago?
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