The Milwaukee Admirals won 5-1 on the road against the Sunday evening at the Wells Fargo Arena.
It wasn’t the prettiest of games but the Admirals power-play unit made sure to take advantage of the opportunities presented to the today. The Admirals scored four power-play goals from seven chances against the Wild. It’s the most power-play goals scored by the Admirals all season.
Unlike when these two locked horns on Friday night the opening period was slow paced and sloppy across the board. The same tags can be slapped to the Wild who on a few occasions were nearly caught out with bad changes to the bench. They’d be caught for too many men on the ice midway through the first period and it would be the opening the Admirals needed to get on the board.
Trevor Murphy had just allowed a puck to skip through him as he held the point. When the Admirals power-play re-established the zone it nearly happened all over again but Murphy whipped a pass to the low left wing for Max Görtz who would pass back post for Max Reinhart to score on a tap in.
There was a fight in the first period. After Joe Pendenza was clocked in the Admirals defensive zone it started a chain of invites for dance partners to mix it up. Cody Bass would pair with Kurtis Gabriel and the two didn’t do too much damage to one-another. Gabriel removed Bass’ helmet and landed a glancing punch to the top of his head as they fell down but that was about it.
It wouldn’t take the Admirals long to get off the mark in the second period. Just sixteen-seconds after puck drop the forward line of Reinhart, Frédérick Gaudreau, and Pontus Åberg raced down the throat of the Wild and delivered with a second goal of the night for Reinhart. The second tally for Reinhart extends his team lead in goals scored to nineteen now on the season. His career high in the AHL came during the 2013-14 season as a member of the Abbotsford Heat when he scored twenty-one goals.
Tyson Strachan was put in the penalty box shortly after Reinhart’s second period goal after setting a pick on offense and being whistled for interference. The Admirals would make it two-for-two on the power-play after a howitzer of a slap shot by Åberg in the left wing circle beat Steve Michalek to the near post. Åberg now has seventeen goals this season – four of which have come from the Admirals power-play.
The Wild were able to break up the shutout bid for Marek Mazanec tonight thanks to a shorthanded goal inside of three-minutes of the third period. Former-Admirals defenseman Conor Allen put a shot to the front of the net that Rob Bordson was able to deflect in to score his ninth goal of the season. The Admirals weren’t too thrilled by the cross-check that Bordson appeared to get away with on Murphy that generated the space Bordson had for the deflection in front of Mazanec but there was no call made on the play.
Perhaps karma would come in the form of a few penalties that let the Admirals power-play get back to form. Scott Sabourin caught Corey Potter with a high stick that left the Admirals defenseman wounded and racing to the bench for repairs. Gaudreau would fire a quick release shot to score on the first half of the double-minor to score his fifteenth goal of the season and seventh scored on the power-play to make it a 4-1 lead.
As the second half of the double minor against Sabourin continued the Wild chucked a puck into the stands for a delay of game penalty. With the extended five-on-three power-play Görtz teed up Murphy at the point for a slapper that clanked iron an went in for his tenth goal of the season.
The win for the Admirals comes at the end of a day that saw the IceHogs lose and Griffins win. The Admirals remain in third place of the Central Division which is now led by the Griffins who are on an eleven-game winning streak at the moment. The race between the three up top, in terms of points percentage, is separated by 0.019.
Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played last night there were no roster moves made throughout the organization. Tonight’s line combinations were: Reinhart-Gaudreau-Åberg, Fiala-Kamenev-Payerl, White-Girard-Görtz, Murphy-Pendenza-Bass, Oligny-Potter, Näkyvä-Mullen, Elliott-Aronson. Tonight’s scratches were: Jamie Devane (upper body), Cody Hodgson (undisclosed), and Johan Alm (lower body).
All things considered, the Admirals were able to snag four out of six-points this weekend. Are you happy with that or are some of these games troubling to you?
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