The Milwaukee Admirals lost 2-1 on the road against the Chicago Wolves at the Allstate Arena on Saturday night.
The Admirals were able to take an early lead tonight in Chicago. Unfortunately, the Wolves would score twice inside of two-minutes in the third period to claim victory tonight. It’s the first road defeat of the season for the Admirals as well as the first loss in net for Anders Lindbäck.
Fred Allard logged his second straight game in the AHL tonight. That impact was swiftly felt for the Admirals. The 19-year old defenseman stepped up from the blue line to help pinch in the attacking zone and wound up with the puck behind the net after a small scramble. He quickly passed off to Anthony Richard who shot low glove side on C.J. Motte for his third goal of the season. The assist for Allard goes down as the first point of his professional career.
There wouldn’t be another goal until past the halfway point in the third period. The game was starting to open up and the Wolves took advantage of an Admirals turnover to generate a counter attack that ended with a Teemu Pulkkinen cannon shot from the top of the right wing circle that beat Anders Lindbäck low glove for his sixth goal of the season.
The Wolves would score again 1:58 of ice-time later to claim a 2-1 lead. Ivan Barbashev was able to pick out a pass from behind the net to Shea Theodore who stepped up from the blueline and into the right wing circle. The Wolves defenseman’s wrister whistled past Lindbäck stick side for his fifth goal of the season.
For the first time this season the Admirals would need to go empty net and extra attacker. It wouldn’t come off as the Admirals struggled to get out of their own half to get Lindbäck to the bench sooner and their attacks were shrugged off to give the Wolves a 2-1 win.
Credit can be given to the defenses and both goaltenders tonight. Motte stopped 27/28 shots on goals for the Wolves and helped provide his team a chance for the comeback tonight. Lindbäck only allowed the pair of goals in the third period but he was strong in net once again. Unfortunately for the Swede it is his first loss from six starts on the season.
The Admirals now get to return to home hockey for their next two games. They will see the Grand Rapids Griffins for the first time this season on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM CDT. They then face-off against the Rockford IceHogs, again, on Friday night at 7:00 PM CDT. The Admirals will return to the road next Sunday at 3:00 CST when they take on the Griffins at the Van Andel Arena.
Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played last night there were no roster moves made in the organization. Tonight’s line combinations were exactly the same as they were last night against the Rockford IceHogs: Kirkland-Smith-Butler, Richard-Kamenev-Perfetto, Zolnierczyk-Pettersson-Kelleher, Labrie-Trenin-Moy, Oligny-Carrier, Murphy-Granberg, O’Brien-Allard. That meant once again the scratches were: Cody Bass (upper-body), Jack Dougherty (upper-body), and Joonas Lyytinen (healthy). Tonight marked the 200th appearance with the Milwaukee Admirals for defenseman Jimmy Oligny.
What were your thoughts on tonight’s performance for the Milwaukee Admirals? Where did this game fall apart? The Admirals power-play, which has been terrific, went 0/5 on the night. What happened to the effectiveness of the power-play?
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