The Milwaukee Admirals lost 4-3 in overtime against the Manitoba Moose Saturday night at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
This result ends the Admirals five game winning streak but a two-goal performance from Trevor Murphy meant they pushed for overtime to extend the point streak to eleven straight games. The Admirals end the month of November with a record of 8-0-1-1.
It feels like it doesn’t happen enough but the Admirals were the first ones on the board tonight. It took the Admirals less than five minutes tonight to get a goal as opposed to the final five last night and the man scoring was recently added Cody Bass. The veteran forward stepped in down the right wing, measured his shot, and wired a wrister over the blocker of Eric Comrie that went bardown for his first goal of the season and first scored with the Admirals since 3/26/16 on the road against the Texas Stars.
Unfortunately the first period did end on a sour note. A clutch keep in at the blue line allowed a sustained attack for the Moose and eventually a goal to level the terms at 1-1. Dan DeSalvo was able to sneak a puck past Admirals starter on the night Jonas Gunnarsson to record his fourth goal of the season.
On that goal for the Moose it appeared as though Trevor Murphy has an injury scare regarding his left foot. He left the first period a few seconds early before the intermission horn sounded and was followed by Admirals head athletic trainer Doug Agnew. It must have been just a scare because he returned to the second period and ended up scoring his first goal of the season to make it a 2-1 game. Murphy put a wrister on net from the center point and it buzzed through a ton of traffic to catch Comrie unaware.
This topsy-turvy game would see yet another response from the Moose. Early in the third period Jack Roslovic was able to deflect a long range shot taken by Nelson Nogier from the right point. The puck changed directions from just in front of the net to allude Gunnarsson and make it a 2-2 game from Roslovic’s fourth goal of the season.
The Moose would claim their first lead of the game with a power-play goal at the midway point of the third period. Jimmy Oligny was forced into a hooking call to keep J.C. Lipon from blazing past him at the Admirals attacking blueline and it gave the Moose their third crack at the Admirals penalty kill. After a quick low to high cycle a shot by defenseman Kevin Czuczman elevated hard enough to beat Gunnarsson over his blocker-side shoulder and in to record his third tally of the season and second scored on the power-play to make it a 3-2 Moose lead.
It just wouldn’t be an Admirals game without a comeback bid. This one didn’t take as long as most. Murphy seemed to unleash all of the fury into the known universe into a slap shot from the high left wing circle and it looked like the net almost lifted off its moorings. The goal for Murphy was his second of the night and season and it made it 3-3. The Moose had their one-goal lead for 2:31 of ice time.
This game would need overtime to decide it. As it happens, that’s all that would be needed tonight unlike last night and the Admirals really never saw puck possession during the three-on-three period. Chase De Leo marked his return to the Moose by netting the game-winner in overtime. His wrister beat Gunnarsson’s glove high into the top shelf for his fourth goal of the season.
The Admirals are now on the road for the next four games where they will get a dose of the Cleveland Monsters twice, Iowa Wild, and then the Grand Rapids Griffins. They next return home to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Saturday December 10th when the Chicago Wolves arrive for the next installment of the Amtrak Rivalry.
Ramblings: Today saw a frenzy of roster activity following the news that the Nashville Predators would be without James Neal, Colton Sissons, and Ryan Ellis for their upcoming two game road trip. This saw a mass recall from the Milwaukee Admirals that included: Kevin Fiala, Frédérick Gaudreau, Mike Liambas, and Petter Granberg. The Admirals recalled Anthony Richard and Jonathan Diaby from their ECHL affiliate the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Admirals then brought Tylor Spink aboard on loan from the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. Today’s NHL recall for Liambas was the first of his career. It was the second career NHL recall for Gaudreau.
Thoughts on tonight’s game? How do you feel the Milwaukee Admirals played tonight in the face off all the roster moves today? Are we beginning to like what we see in Jonas Gunnarsson?
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