The Milwaukee Admirals won 3-0 against the Chicago Wolves at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Wednesday morning.
These AM games for the Admirals have always provided an incredible atmosphere. Today’s School Day Game did it again as the Admirals exploded for three goals in the first period and then Anders Lindbäck closed the door to earn his first shutout of the season.
“What we liked was how desperate our group was,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason after the game. “When we made mistakes we were very desperate to block shots. The most desperate guy, and our leader, Lindbäck was phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal. Real happy with the effort for sure.”
The Admirals would get on the board first this morning from an odd-man rush and an unlikely scorer for the finish. Tyler Kelleher headed up a transition feed from Yakov Trenin that had him racing down the right wing on a three-on-one. Petter Granberg joined the rush from defense and was tagged on the saucer pass from Kelleher on the back post where he scored his first goal of the season.
Offense from the defense would continue moments after the Admirals opening chance on the power-play. After Petteri Lindbohm stepped out of the penalty box Fred Allard had the puck atop the right wing circle where he blasted a slap shot high-glove on Kasimir Kaskisuo to score the first goal of his professional playing career.
“It was unbelievable,” smiled Allard describing his first pro goal. “I wasn’t sure [Trevor Murphy] saw me. Saw me and did a good job. [Pierre-Cédric Labrie] did an unbelievable screen so I just had to put it in the net.”
The Admirals would then go from scoring a goal seconds after a power-play ended to actually scoring seconds into the power-play. At the end of the first period, following a high sticking minor against Tobias Lindberg, Bobby Butler scored eleven seconds into the Admirals power-play. A quick face-off win ended with Emil Pettersson scooting around the net on his backhand where he passed off into the low left wing for a Butler one-timer that burned Kaskisuo to make it a 3-0 Admirals lead in the opening frame.
It felt as though the Wolves greatest chance to finally get on the board came with fourty-eight seconds of a five-on-three power-play chance late in the third period. Anders Lindbäck made an outrageous post-to-post save on his blocker to take away the Wolves hopes of denying him the shutout. He would stop all twenty-nine shots on goal to record his first shutout of the season and his seventh win from nine starts.
“The whole game was a really good team effort,” commented Lindbäck. “Especially the first period we came out and scored. We played really good with a lead. We have been struggling a couple of times doing that. So, I think that’s a step forward and a good game for us.”
The Milwaukee Admirals next game comes on home ice Saturday night at 6:00 PM CST when the face the Rockford IceHogs. It is already the fifth of ten meetings between the two teams and comes in the twelfth game of the Admirals’ 2017-18 season. Thankfully, the Admirals won’t see the IceHogs again until 7 January, 2018.
Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals last played there was a major roster move made within the organization. The Nashville Predators were involved in a three team trade with the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators. The Predators acquired forward Kyle Turris in the deal while sending defenseman Samuel Girard, forward Vladislav Kamenev, and a second round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Avalanche organization. Girard is staying with the Avalanche on their NHL roster while Kamenev will be joining the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) with former Admirals teammate Félix Girard. Kamenev made his debut with San Antonio today in another AM game at the Van Andel Arena against the Grand Rapids Griffins where he scored an assist in a 7-4 loss. Per Aaron Sims, prior to the start of today’s game the Admirals acquired former member of the Grand Rapids Griffins, forward Mark Zengerle, off of waivers. This morning’s lines and defensive pairings were: Zolnierczyk-Pettersson-Butler, Richard-Kirkland-Moy, Perfetto-Trenin-Kelleher, Labrie-Bass, Oligny-Carrier, Murphy-Granberg, O’Brien-Allard, Lyytinen. Today’s scratches were: Jack Dougherty (upper-body), Matt O’Connor (lower-body), and Trevor Smith (undisclosed).
What were your thoughts on today’s game? How impressed were you by the Milwaukee Admirals performance today?
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