The Milwaukee Admirals won 6-2 on the road against the Manitoba Moose at the MTS Centre on Thursday night.
This appeared to be a continuation of the great work that the Admirals had in full display this Sunday. They powered out five goals with three power-play goals in the game’s opening twenty-five minutes. That surge saw the end of the night in net for Eric Comrie and effectively the Moose’s chances of taking a point.
Dan DeSalvo was called for tripping fourteen minutes into the first period to give the Admirals the game’s opening power-play opportunity. Frédérick Gaudreau made an outstanding play to keep the puck in the attacking zone and was then able to finish off a play that he generated. Trevor Smith’s pass knuckled down into the slot but Gaudreau followed in for a quick swat that beat Eric Comrie for his twenty-second goal of the season.
The Admirals would extend their lead fifty-eight seconds later to make it a 2-0 lead. Adam Payerl delivered a shot from the right wing that Comrie kicked out into the high left wing. Andrew O’Brien followed up with another firm shot on net but, this time, Comrie got most of the shot and the puck stayed near the crease. Stephen Perfetto was the quickest to react to the rebound and swiftly deposited the puck on net for his second goal with the Admirals.
For as grinding as the first period was feeling the game went from scoreless to 2-1 in the space of 1:51 of play. Only fifty-three seconds after Perfetto scored the Moose had a response through Kyle Connor. The twenty-year old forward was on a quick give-and-go as he burst out of the left wing across the slot. He wrangled up a puck in his skates and then flipped a backhander against the grain to beat Marek Mazanec high-glove for his twenty-second goal of the season.
For the second period the Admirals came out guns blazing and chased Comrie out of the Moose net inside of five minutes.
Alex Carrier dished off to Pontus Åberg in his sweet spot on the Admirals power-play. The hammer shot from the left wing circle blazed through Comrie for the Swede’s twenty-sixth goal of the season. That was then followed by another power-play goal with the same scenario playing out opposite wing when Trevor Smith moved over from slot to ring wing where Mike Ribeiro picked his spot high-glove on Comrie for his fourth goal of the season.
Following the Ribeiro power-play goal the Admirals scored at even strength just twenty-seconds later to end Comrie’s suffering. Perfetto had an extra step down the right wing with Brenden Kichton defending him. He appeared to use Kichton as a slight decoy to wire a shot to the near post high-glove on Comrie for his second goal of the night and third of the season.
Comrie’s night ended after 24:47 of ice time where he stopped 11/16 shots on goal. The Admirals power-play was a perfect three of three with him in net. Jamie Phillips took his place from then on out.
Naturally, looking for a spark, a fight broke out with the Moose needing some energy. Darren Kramer challenged Mike Liambas and he probably should have picked a different hombre. That was a clear win in the fight department for Liambas.
At the start of the third period the Admirals got a break from a quick whistle. Mazanec looked to have gloved down a shot on a Moose power-play but he never had it. J.C. Lipon was quick to pounce on the puck and push it across the goal line but he almost didn’t even need to do that for it to go in. Yet, the play had already been whistled dead. And the Moose were denied a power-play goal.
That didn’t mean the 5-1 scoreline was holding out for long. Shortly after that quick whistle the Moose had the Admirals in a slow change and found Kramer lurking down the left wing alone in space. He stepped in and beat Mazanec with a wrister glove-side to record his second goal of the season.
With over five minutes remaining the Moose went for the miraculous and decided to bring Phillips to the bench and introduce the extra attacker. That desperate ploy for a comeback was dealt with fast as Ribeiro popped home the empty netter to record his second tally of the game and give himself a four point night. The scoreline read 6-2 Admirals and would mercifully end there.
It is a matter of “same time, same place” between these two teams tomorrow night. The Admirals will return home on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM CDT when they will see the Grand Rapids Griffins once again. That sets the stage for the first of two games between those two. The Admirals will travel to Grand Rapids on Wednesday next week following their pit stop at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals last played on Sunday the team made no roster moves. Adam Pardy did make a return to team practice on Tuesday and could potentially make a return to game action in over a week’s time. Justin Kirkland remained inactive after missing the weekend three-in-three. Tonight’s line combinations were: Richard-Ribeiro-Gaudreau, White-Smith-Åberg, Perfetto-Kamenev-Payerl, Florek-Army-Liambas, Oligny-Carrier, O’Brien-Granberg, Murphy-Dougherty. Tonight’s scratches were: Kelleher (healthy), Kirkland (undisclosed injury), Pardy (broken left arm), and Pinkston (healthy).
What is your reaction to tonight’s game? Are the Milwaukee Admirals beginning to get on a run on the back of that Grand Rapids Griffins effort on Sunday?
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