The Milwaukee Admirals won 4-1 against the Hershey Bears at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Friday night.
Anders Lindbäck was great tonight but he wasn’t tested that often by Hershey. The Admirals defense limited the Bears to sixteen shots. Timely offense from Tyler Kelleher and company helped see the Admirals continue on as the AHL’s lone unbeaten team.
“Things are clicking right now,” said Tyler Kelleher. “It’s been fun. Obviously, for any team or any league you’re in, winning is fun. I think we’re really coming together as a team and we’re just trying to keep it up.”
The Admirals were the first to get on the board in the home opener. After a John Albert holding penalty, Tyler Kelleher cashed in on the power-play following a tic-tac-toe passing play from Trevor Smith and Emil Pettersson. Kelleher now has four goals in four games.
The Bears didn’t take long to strike back. Wayne Simpson found the back of the net less than four minutes after Tyler Kelleher after a Vladislav Kamenev turnover. The Admirals’ defense was slow to contest Simpson, allowing an uncontested, unassisted goal. The goal was Simpson’s first of the young season and tied the game at one.
On a very strange sequence in the second period, Yakov Trenin delivered a pass from the left wing to the front of the net, which eventually got by Parker Milner for the Admirals’ second goal of the night. The goal was credited to Tyler Moy, but appeared to be Trenin’s at first glance. After further review, Moy did indeed get his stick on the puck before it found the back of the net.
The Admirals had a strong start to the third period, netting a goal just 1:31 into the period. Anthony Richard and Vladislav Kamenev worked a two-on-one that was at first unsuccessful. However, a second attempt at a two-on-one had much better result. Richard found Kamenev at the back post for his second goal of the season.
“To be honest with you, we didn’t even go into the dressing room between the second and third,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. “We asked [Trevor Smith] to handle it and to get the guys to the right spot. And we had a real good third period.”
In an attempt to pull within a goal, the Bears sent Parker Milner to the bench to bring on an extra attacker with 3:24 remaining in regulation. Harry Zolnierczyk eventually broke away from the pack and guided the puck into an unoccupied goal for the Ads’ fourth score of the night and his third goal of the season.
With less than a minute to go Jimmy Oligny and Wayne Simpson dropped the gloves. It didn’t last long with Oligny taking Simpson to the ground. It was his second fighting major of the season but a decisive win in the scrap column.
The Admirals are back in action tomorrow night. For the second time this season they face the Rockford IceHogs. The game starts at 6:00 PM CDT and the two will see each other again next weekend in Rockford on Friday.
Ramblings: Yesterday the Milwaukee Admirals assigned defenseman Joonas Lyytinen to the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. Lyytinen made his North American pro debut tonight against the Colorado Eagles. Tonight’s lines were: Kirkland-Smith-Butler, Richard-Kamenev-Perfetto, Zolnierczyk-Pettersson-Kelleher, Labrie-Trenin-Moy, Oligny-Carrier, O’Brien-Dougherty, Murphy-Granberg. Cody Bass (upper-body) and Fred Allard (healthy) were the two scratches for the Admirals.
How did the Milwaukee Admirals look tonight? Who is impressing you the most early? Are you surprised that the Admirals have started this strongly?
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