As mentioned in the hitting department, this season in saves from the Milwaukee Admirals goaltending wasn’t all that flashy or eye-popping. If there were ever a category where that is probably a good thing is is here. The Admirals goaltending this season was reliable, made good reads, and above all did a tremendous job staying square to shooters. While there were some odd-man rushes and breakaway saves made throughout the 2016-17 campaign – most were finished between the pipes with great composed positioning in net more than with desperation.
I’ve scanned plenty of saves from this season and kept coming back to three stops made between both Marek Mazanec and Jonas Gunnarsson. On 2/3/17 against the Rockford IceHogs, Mazanec made a brilliant snapping glove save against Brandon Mashinter on a break from the slot. On 12/10/16 against the Chicago Wolves, Gunnarsson made multiple saves on a rush play during a Wolves power-play opportunity – one while sprawling on his wallet.
Yet, the one that stands out to me the most -even if the game didn’t turn out too well- came during the regular season finale on 4/15/17 against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Your Best Save of the 2016-17 Season belongs to Jonas Gunnarsson sliding post-to-post to deny Tyler Bertuzzi on the back-door on a five-on-three power-play bid for the Griffins.
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