It wasn’t a win but it was another game that saw the Milwaukee Admirals in circumstances where they could have easily gotten down on themselves and conceded early as well as late in the game. There was so much roster activity yesterday that the true test last night might have come less in the form of the Manitoba Moose and more in the form of the ability of the coaching staff and veteran leadership group to stay the course. It wasn’t a win, true, but the Admirals made it to overtime to earn yet another point.
The month of November for the Admirals is now over. They played a total of ten games and never lost a single game in regulation: 8-0-1-1. The five game winning streak that they had did come to an end in the overtime loss to the Moose -but- it being an overtime loss still meant that the point streak would continue. That is now eleven games strong. The last time that the Admirals lost in regulation was the home opener on October 29th. If that isn’t crazy enough – take into account how last year’s team and this year’s team have performed in the month of November: 19-1-1-1 combined record.
What I take from this start by the Admirals is that a foundation is being set. The times in which the team faces stretches of adversity and losing consecutive games in regulation will come. Lessons will be learned from those times, for sure, but the core of what this year’s Admirals are capable of being is showing through early in this 2016-17 season by virtue of how adaptable, resilient, and composed the group can be.
Lastly, the Admirals overtime loss last night did see them take a point. The rest of the league was in action last night, as well. The result? Your Milwaukee Admirals currently have the best record based on points percentage (0.794) in the entire AHL right now. How about that? It’s still early. It is. This run that the Admirals have been on though is still impressive to say the least.
After last night’s game I had the chance to speak with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason as well as Trevor Murphy, Jonas Gunnarsson, and Cody Bass. These were their comments following the 4-3 shootout loss to the Moose at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
Comments on the comments? Thinking of last night, and the food poisoning game that also saw the Admirals lose but claim a point in the process, what do we think of the Milwaukee Admirals ability to play when circumstances outside of their control stretch the roster thin?
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