Overtime is Admirals Time; Ads Win 2-1

(Photo Credit: John Saraya)
(Photo Credit: John Saraya)

The Milwaukee Admirals won 2-1 in overtime on the road against the Cleveland Monsters Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Admirals extended their point streak to eight straight games with the overtime win tonight in Cleveland. They have gone 7-0-1-0 in that stretch and have now played five overtime periods during the run. Tonight’s theatrics can be credited to Félix Girard who buried the game-winning goal after a crafty piece of play by Vladislav Kamenev rushing to the net created the opportunity to win it in overtime.

It was yet another scoreless period of hockey between these two teams to start things off this evening. The only thing of note for the first period is that there was a twenty-seven minute delay to repair a section of boards that were moving around freely near the Zamboni entrance in the Admirals defensive zone. The game was stopped just 6:05 into the contest. The players remained on the ice and around the benches during the length of the delay for rink maintenance.

The Admirals would open the scoring at the midway point of the second period. Admirals captain Trevor Smith broke into the attacking zone and delivered a drop pass to the tape of the trailing Kevin Fiala who scooted in and then labeled a low wrist shot over the left pad of Joonas Korpisalo who couldn’t get his glove to it. The tally for Fiala was his second scored for the Admirals this season. Alex Carrier picked up the secondary assist on the goal to extend his scoring streak to seven straight games.

Unfortunately the 1-0 scoreline wouldn’t hold up in Cleveland tonight. The Monsters were able to respond to Fiala’s goal less than six minutes later to knot things up at 1-1. Nick Moutrey whipped a shot from the right wing that Juuse Saros was able to fend off but the puck trickled between his pads and the net front defending Jack Dougherty. Moutrey continued his run, wrapped around the net, and was able to swat the loose puck in as he stood next to Aaron Palushaj at the doorstep to record his third goal of the season.

This game, like so many lately for the Admirals, would need overtime. It was the team’s sixth game requiring overtime this season and fifth overtime game from their past seven games. Perhaps experience from having so many is the reason why they’re succeeding in the department as the game wouldn’t need a shootout.

Vladislav Kamenev worked deep in the Admirals attacking zone and made a very skillful play in the left wing corner to create space for himself and then cut loose towards Korpisalo. The puck seemed to jar loose as Kamenev ran on goal but it fell free for Félix Girard who popped in his second goal of the season to record the game-winner in overtime and see the Admirals take two-of-two from the Monsters in Cleveland.

This was a hats off performance for both goaltenders tonight. The two Finns in net made some really spectacular stops to keep the game level at 1-1. Korpisalo gets the tough luck loss stopping 21/23 shots on goal while Saros improves to 7-1-0-1 in nine starts this season as he stopped 30/31 in the win tonight.

The Admirals are heading back home from Cleveland after tonight. Their next game is on Wednesday when they’ll take on the Grand Rapids Griffins in their first trip to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena this season. That game starts at 7:00 PM CST.

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played on Thursday there were a few notes related to the roster. Anthony Richard was assigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) and played last night. In the Cyclones 5-4 overtime loss to the Atlanta Gladiators Richard scored his first career goal and assist of his professional playing career. Richard played with the Admirals in Cleveland Thursday night, played in Cincinnati Friday night, and traveled back to Milwaukee today where he will rejoin the Admirals once the team returns from their travel back from Cleveland. The Nashville Predators then assigned defenseman Anthony Bitetto to the Admirals on a two week (fourteen consecutive days) conditioning assignment. Bitetto took part in a conditioning assignment with the Admirals last season and played in six-games. He can play for the Admirals for up to five-games on this stint which will end following the contest in Cleveland on December 2nd. Tonight the Admirals dressed seven defenseman which made tonight’s line combinations look as follows: White-Smith-Fiala, Zolnierczyk-Kamenev-Gaudreau, Liambas-Girard-Payerl, Florek-(rotating)-Görtz, Oligny-Granberg, Murphy-Dougherty, Pardy-Carrier, Bitetto. All scratches tonight were healthy: Diaby, Kirkland, and Richard.

Thoughts on tonight’s game? How do you feel about the Milwaukee Admirals persevering through all of these overtime games? Given the look topside do you feel Anthony Bitetto will be with the Admirals for the full length of his conditioning assignment? Once Bitetto’s conditioning assignment does wrap what will that mean as far as the Nashville Predators defensive setup and will the Admirals end up getting someone from them to make space?

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