The Milwaukee Admirals lost 3-0 on the road against the Iowa Wild at the Wells Fargo Arena on Friday night.
For the sixth time this season the Admirals were shutout. C.J. Motte was in net for the Wild and stopped all twenty-six shots he faced tonight. The Admirals will look for better tomorrow night against the Wild on home ice as they complete the 2017-18 season.
Pat Cannone seventeenth goal of the season put the Wild out in front in the first period. Alex Grant labeled a slap shot from the right point that deflected off the right arm of Troy Grosenick in net. The rebound chance was there for the taking and Cannone was quick to pounce at the opportunity and buried it.
In the second period the Wild would make it a 2-0 contest. A shot by Colton Beck popped up on Grosenick. While the puck was airborne Cal O’Reilly batted it while fight for position with Jack Dougherty. The Admirals argued that it was put into the net with a high stick but it was ruled a good goal and that play is unreviewable in the AHL. That meant O’Reilly had his fifteenth goal of the season.
With time running out in regulation Grosenick was called to the bench to get the extra attacker on. The Admirals earned an attacking zone face-off with 1:22 remaining in the contest. Inevitably the Wild would get one last goal courtesy of the empty netter. Kyle Rau did the honors to record his twenty-third goal of the season and put this game at its 3-0 final.
C.J. Motte wasn’t tested too harshly on the evening but did come up big when called upon. He had a few solid stops against Anthony Richard on breakaways to near breakaways. Ultimately, get gets the shutout on the night by stopping all twenty-six shots faced. It is the second shutout of his AHL career and both have come as a member of the Wild this season.
The Admirals will wrap up their 2017-18 season tomorrow night. They host these Wild at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena for a 6:00 PM CDT face-off. The Admirals need one-point to secure fifth place over the Wild in the Central Division standings.
Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played on Tuesday night there were two roster notes. Anders Lindbäck was recalled by the Nashville Predators to serve as their third choice goaltender for the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. This move was followed up by the Admirals signing Wisconsin Badgers goaltender Kyle Hayton to an amateur try-out (ATO) contract. Tonight’s line combinations and defensive pairings were: Richard-Smith-Butler, Kirkland-Gaudet-McNeill, Bollig-Pettersson-Moy, Mingoia-Trenin-Knutson, Oligny-Dougherty, Pinkston-Ramage, Allard-Granberg. Tonight’s scratches included: Cody Bass (upper-body), Alex Carrier (upper-body), Frédérick Gaudreau (withheld), Joonas Lyytinen (undisclosed), Mark Zengerle (undisclosed), and Harry Zolnierczyk (withheld). It is expected that both Frédérick Gaudreau and Harry Zolnierczyk will be recalled by the Nashville Predators to join their playoff run so both were withheld from tonight’s lineup as a result. Tonight marked the pro debut for Zeb Knutson who, in the process, became the first hockey player from the state of South Dakota to play in the AHL. Tonight also marked a subtle change as head Dean Evason gave the bench to assistant coach Scott Ford for the game. Evason stuck with the forwards while assistant coach Stan Drulia continued to work with the defense.
What were your thoughts on tonight’s game? With energy guys such as Gaudreau and Zolnierczyk out did that detract from the Milwaukee Admirals effort or do you feel this was hangover from being eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday night?
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