Ads Clinch The Amtrak Trophy; Win 5-2 in Chicago

(Photo Credit: Chicago Wolves)
(Photo Credit: Chicago Wolves)

The Milwaukee Admirals won 5-2 on the road against the Chicago Wolves Sunday afternoon at the Allstate Arena.

A run of five unanswered goals was enough for the Admirals to clinch their first Amtrak Trophy since the 2012-13 season this afternoon. The Wolves may have had a hot start in which they scored the opening goal but not much went their way after that opening period. They lost their composure, garnering twenty-seven penalty minutes, and then the game itself. This is the first time since the Wolves became the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues that the Admirals have claimed the Amtrak Trophy.

As was the case last weekend, the Wolves took to home ice in the first period and were fast right out of the blocks. Their hot start provided them with something they weren’t able to figure out how to do last night which was to get a puck behind Juuse Saros.

Yannick Veilleux was able to jar a puck from the right wing pocket away from Trevor Murphy and fall in-line with Ivan Barbashyov who rushed to the net but lost the handle. The puck came out into the slot where Zach O’Brien smoked a shot off the right pad of Saros which was kicked over to Jérémie Blain who shot high glove side on the rebound to score his third goal of the season.

The goal by the Wolves was scored 2:14 into the first period. On the flipside in the second period the Admirals were able to better that by four-seconds when a Cody Bass slap shot from distance beat Pheonix Copley’s glove for his second goal of the season and the one-hundredth point of his professional playing career. Bass stepped in down the right wing and smacked his slapper from just inside of the blueline. Copley simply fanned on the save attempt with his glove.

The temperature crept up a bit after a nasty looking tripping minor taken by Jordan Caron sent Kristian Näkyvä hard into the end-boards. This caught the attention of Jamie Devane who went after Caron who wanted no part of that fight. Thankfully, Jared Nightingale was willing to account for his teammate’s no-no and engaged in an evenly matched heavyweight tilt that could really be scored in the fight cards either way.

Kevin Fiala’s hot run of form continued with yet another maximum effort goal. Fiala was being hooked up on a rush to the net but continued to battle in on Copley before smacking a shot through space on the blocker side of Copley and the post. The goal for Fiala was his twelfth of the season and fifth scored in his last thirteen games.

Frédérick Gaudreau was able to mark his one-hundredth game as a member of the Admirals with a goal in the second period to make it a 3-1 Admirals lead off of three unanswered goals in the frame. Max Reinhart was able to slip a pass through to Gaudreau in front of the net and the Admirals AHL All-Star delivered a low change-up shot that caused Copley to open up the five hole. The shot went in clean underneath the pads and Gaudreau scored his fourteenth goal of the season. Also of note, Corey Potter set that play in motion by carrying the puck up into the rush and earned the secondary assist on the play to earn his first point as a member of the Admirals.

Towards the end of the second period the Wolves appeared to completely lose their composure and the end result were two carry-over five-on-three power-plays for the Admirals to start the third period. Trevor Murphy uncorked a slap shot that whistled past Copley high glove side for his ninth goal of the season. That was followed by Reinhart charging towards the front of the net from the right wing pocket at putting a puck in around the right pad of Copley for his sixteenth goal of the season. Murphy’s goal was scored on a five-on-three power-play and Reinhart’s was followed with the Admirals a man-up.

On yet another Wolves penalty they actually managed to work a prime scoring chance for themselves. Ty Rattie was able to corral a puck on the penalty kill and beat Murphy with speed to get a breakaway. Murphy put a stickblade in on the hands of Rattie on his approach to Saros. That signaled a penalty shot to be called. Rattie beat Saros on a backhander to record his eleventh goal of the season on a tally listed as a shorthanded penalty shot. That would see the game to its final scoreline of Admirals 5, Wolves 2.

In net for the Admirals Saros picked up his second win in less than twenty-four hours against the Wolves. The win is also the Finn’s twentieth of the season to stretch his AHL lead for wins by a rookie goaltender. He stopped twenty-eight of the Wolves thirty shots on goal today.

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played last night there were no roster moves made. In fact, today’s line combinations were exactly the same as last night: Reinhart-Gaudreau-Åberg, Fiala-Kamenev-Payerl, White-Girard- Görtz, Devane-Pendenza-Bass, Oligny-Potter, Murphy-Aronson, Näkyvä-Elliott. Today’s scratches were: Colton Sissons (healthy), Cody Hodgson (undisclosed), Patrick Mullen (right hand laceration), Garrett Noonan (healthy), Johan Alm (lower body). Today was the second consecutive game in which Colton Sissons was scratched due to a potential call up with the Nashville Predators who next play on Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Was this game wacky with all its penalty calls or what? Beyond the penalty box shuffle what was your take from the Milwaukee Admirals win today?

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