The 2015-16 season provided its share of incredible games and moments for the Milwaukee Admirals. They came away with 48 wins this season which was the most the franchise has ever accumulated in a 76-game AHL regular season. Along the way there were a few games where they really had to earn those wins. They might not have always been the prettiest of games but -man- were they thrillers.
My choice for the “Game of the Year” goes to a mid-December meeting against the Manitoba Moose. There is something about these woeful teams in recent years, Iowa Wild as an example, matching up very strongly against the Admirals. Usually that results in a tight gripping struggle of a game. This on the other hand was just a roller coaster.
You can’t sum it up any better than Admirals broadcaster Aaron Sims when he simply said, “This game is crazy.” That quote came after Jimmy Oligny scored to make it 4-3. The game was yet to see the hat trick for Chase De Leo of the Moose followed by the game-winning goal by Pontus Åberg that was masterfully setup by a pass from Adam Payerl with only 32.8 seconds seconds remaining in regulation. Zac Larraza capped off the festivities with an empty net goal for his first career AHL goal that cemented the game as a 7-5 Admirals win. It wasn’t always pretty… but what a game.
Close Contender: 2/12/16 vs. Rockford: Frédérick Gaudreau scores his hat trick goal with the Admirals net emptied and extra attacker on with 47 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Kevin Fiala scores a beauty midway through the overtime period to pick up the 4-3 win.
Other Admirable Mentions (listed in order of appearance): 10/20/15 @ Iowa… 11/11/15 vs. Lake Erie… 11/24/15 vs. San Antonio… 12/21/15 @ Rockford… 1/30/16 vs. Grand Rapids… 2/5/16 @ Bakersfield… 3/3/16 @ Lake Erie… 3/11/16 vs. Iowa… 4/9/16 @ Charlotte…
As far as the last of “Best Of” goes there is still the Best of Chatterbox as well as the Admirals Roundtable’s Final Report Card for the 2015-16 Season. Those will be coming up shortly.
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