Category: Game Recaps

Kelleher Shines; Team Gold Wins 7-4

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Team Gold won 7-4 tonight’s Future Stars Game at the Bridgestone Arena. Tyler Kelleher scored two goals and an assist on the night for Team Gold and several soon-to-be Admirals also delivered quite nicely.

Tonight’s game was segmented into two twenty-five minute halves. In the first half Team Gold finished with a 5-2 lead with two goals scored by David Farrance that were set up by a pair of Admirals, Tyler Kelleher and Tyler Moy.

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Admirals Swept Away by Griffins Again; Lose 3-2 in OT

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The Milwaukee Admirals lost 3-2 in overtime against the Grand Rapids Griffins at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Wednesday night. The Admirals have been eliminated from the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs. The Griffins will play against the Chicago Wolves in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

In the second game of the series to reach overtime the same result played out. The Griffins were able to sneak a puck past Marek Mazanec but this time it was Kyle Criscuolo playing the overtime hero as he scored the game-winner and series clincher from a net front redirect.

“We were extremely proud and happy of how we played all year,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason after the game. “And that includes these last three hockey games. We lost in overtime in Game 1. We lost a 3-2 game in Game 2. We lost in overtime in Game 3. You can’t be disappointed in your group if you believe that they played their asses off. They were committed. They played for each other. And they just didn’t get the job done.”

This game wouldn’t get an opening goal until the second period. The Griffins were awarded power-play for tripping moments after they got away with a trip defending Mike Ribeiro. Yet, a strong penalty kill from the Admirals ended with a goal just as Justin Florek was stepping out of the box. Justin Kirkland left a puck back on the left point for Trevor Murphy who stepped up, measured a wrister, and shot high stick side on Jared Coreau to get the Admirals ahead 1-0.

With 2:06 remaining in the second period the Griffins had a near chance on a jam play to the net that required video review. It was confirmed as “no goal” but Derek Army did receive a delay of game call on the play which helped setup a Griffins power-play goal moments later. Alex Carrier attempted to get a zone clearance was held and Evgeny Svechnikov’s follow up shot was blocked down en route to the net. Tomas Nosek was first man to react on the loose puck and zipped it past Marek Mazanec to level things up at 1-1.

In the closing minutes of the third period Murphy smashed home from the left wing again. Anthony Richard emptied his gas tank to win a loose puck down the right wing and threw into the empty left wing corner. Ribeiro would arrive and leave a touch pass behind for Murphy to unleash a howitzer through Coreau for his second of the night and put the Admirals back on top 2-1.

The Griffins would equalize with 3:38 remaining in regulation. The Griffins won a face-off back to the right point where Robbie Russo tagged a shot pass into the high slot for Matt Lorito that alluded Mazanec in net to make it a 2-2 game.

Stress would heighten further as a Richard clearance attempt fluttered over the glass for delay of game with 1:43 remaining in regulation. The Griffins would burn their timeout to draw up a play but time would expire and their power-play would be cut short by the ending of the third period. The Admirals would finish the rest off to begin overtime.

As overtime hauled on the Admirals woes from the long change period seemed to tickle over. The Griffins sustained countless waves of attacks and finally were rewarded for their relentless pressure. Dan Renouf’s shot from the left point was harshly redirected right on the doorstep of goal in front of Mazanec to get the game-winner in overtime and complete the Griffins second successive opening round playoff sweep of the Admirals.

With the loss tonight the Admirals have been swept out of the opening round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs for a third successive appearance. They have lost eleven consecutive playoff games and see the end of their 2016-17 season in the same crushing circumstances as last season with the Griffins advancing at their expense. In the coming days here on Admirals Roundtable we will be fulfilling our end-season recap material while supporting the Nashville Predators continued run through the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals last played on Sunday there were no changes made for the Admirals roster but they did tinker with the line combinations for tonight’s game: Richard-Ribeiro-Gaudreau, Perfetto-Smith-Payerl, White-Kamenev-Kirkland, Florek-Army-Liambas, Pardy-Carrier, O’Brien-Granberg, Murphy-Dougherty. Tonight’s scratches were: Bass (lower-body injury), Girard (healthy), Kelleher (undisclosed injury), Moy (healthy), Pinkston (healthy), Trenin (healthy), and Visentin (healthy). Andrew O’Brien returned to the Admirals lineup after having missed the last six Admirals games with an undisclosed injury.

What were your thoughts on tonight’s game? Where could the Milwaukee Admirals have won this series or were they just a few bad breaks against the Grand Rapids Griffins away from being in a similar position in the series?

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Heated; Ads Lose 5-2 in Game 2

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The Milwaukee Admirals lost 5-2 against the Grand Rapids Griffins on the road at the Van Andel Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Admirals trail the Griffins 2-0 in the best of five opening round series of the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs and are up against the sword needing to win out from this point forward.

This game showed the good, the bad, and the ugly of this Admirals-Griffins rivalry. There were lots of chippy moments and penalties. The Griffins would overwhelm the Admirals in the first two periods. Despite a solid push in the third period for the Admirals they fell for the tenth consecutive time in the playoffs and now face elimination as they return to Milwaukee for Game 3.

It would take the Griffins just twenty-five seconds to score the game’s opening goal. Eric Tangradi let a wrister fly from the high left wing circle that floated past Marek Mazanec stick-side.

Thankfully, the Admirals wouldn’t be caught off guard with the quick strike by the Griffins. The Admirals surged towards the net and Vladislav Kamenev was able to get a second chance opportunity pushed past Jared Coreau to make it a 1-1 game just 1:42 of ice-time after the Griffins tally.

The Griffins would finish the first period up 2-1. Samuel Girard has a puck hop up on his stick as he was looking to move up the right wing out of the Admirals defensive zone. Evgeny Svechnikov was quick to pounce on the mistake and swiftly passed back into the slot where Axel Holmström opened up to one-time the feed and score his second goal since coming over from Sweden to put the Griffins back in front.

In the second period the Griffins would add to their lead. Tyler Bertuzzi exited the penalty box and was quick to start an odd-man rush after serving a goaltender interference minor. He swung out right wing, held a shooting position, and then snapped a shot to the near post that beat Mazanec high glove to make it a 3-1 Griffins lead.

It felt like the majority of the third period was spent in attack for the Admirals. They finally got a reward for all that pressure after a fantastic pass by Mike Ribeiro from the left point found Frédérick Gaudreau above the ring wing circle that would end with a wrister buried high glove on Coreau to make it a 3-2 game on Gaudreau’s third goal of the playoffs.

For all the pressure the Admirals were building they had a chance following a Griffins icing call with 1:34 remaining in regulation. The Admirals used their timeout to draw something up and bring Mazanec to the bench to work with the extra attacker. Ultimately, it would go bust as the Griffins would get a puck to neutral ice and score on the empty net with Bertuzzi to make it a two-goal game. The Admirals would again go empty net only to see Matthew Ford score an empty netter as well to see this game through to its 5-2 final.

The story of today’s game felt very much written by the opening two periods. The Griffins played aggressively and had the Admirals flustered both during the run of play and after whistles had blown. The Griffins are very much under the Admirals skin and the majority of today’s penalties were of the roughing variety. That is the Griffins style of hockey. It isn’t the Admirals style. And the Admirals falling into that trap now has them in an even bigger one with a 2-0 series hole needing to win out to survive.

This series now shifts to Milwaukee. Game 3 takes place on Wednesday night at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena with a 7:00 PM CDT face-off. The Admirals must win-out to advance to Round 2 of the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs. A win on Wednesday night would mean hosting Game 4 in Milwaukee on Friday night at 7:00 PM CDT.

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played Game 1 there were no changes made for their roster. The Nashville Predators did find out who their opponent will be in Round 2 of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, however, and it will be an all grown-up Amtrak Rivalry series against the St. Louis Blues. Today’s line combinations for the Admirals were: Richard-Ribeiro-Gaudreau, White-Smith-Moy, Kirkland-Kamenev-Payerl, Florek-Army-Liambas, Pardy-Carrier, Murphy-Granberg, Girard-Dougherty. Today’s scratches for the were: Bass (lower-body injury), Kelleher (undisclosed injury), O’Brien (undisclosed injury), Perfetto (healthy), Pinkston (healthy), Trenin (healthy), and Visentin (healthy).

What were your thoughts about Game 2? Is the Grand Rapids Griffins ability to get under the Milwaukee Admirals skin the difference in this series? What do the Admirals need to do in order to fight off elimination Wednesday night in Milwaukee?

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Admirals Drop Game 1 in Overtime, 4-3

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The Milwaukee Admirals lost 4-3 in overtime against the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Van Andel Arena on Friday night. The Admirals now trail the Griffins 1-0 in the best of five opening round series of the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.

It likely wasn’t a game that either side could be happy about as far as the discipline was concerned but the effort was certainly there from both teams. Frédérick Gaudreau was terrific on the night for the Admirals but the team lost a 3-2 lead in the third period and would fall in overtime. The Admirals have now lost nine straight playoff games dating back to the 2013 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.

This series started with some special teams work and it was the Admirals power-play that opened up the scoring. A face-off win from Trevor Smith quickly cycled back to Alex Carrier and then left wing for a hammer shot by Frédérick Gaudreau that flew past Jared Coreau.

The Griffins would answer right back with two goals in a matter of thirteen seconds. A delay of game penalty on Justin Kirkland allowed for a power-play goal by Matthew Ford. The Admirals were unable to clear the zone and Matthew Ford was able to scrap it out around the net to get a puck through on Marek Mazanec’s right pad. This was swiftly followed by a snap shot by Evgeny Svechnikov down the low left wing wall that had enough juice on it to keep motoring through Mazanec and trickle across the goal line and in.

Gaudreau would make sure the first period didn’t end with the Admirals trailing 2-1. On a rush play, Gaudreau had a break down the left wing with numbers joining him and he would tap the brakes on to find Petter Granberg atop the circles. The big Swede cranked a shot first time that appeared to surprise Coreau in net and made it 2-2 just prior to the final minute of the opening frame.

Discipline seemed to go out the window a touch for the second period. There were eight different minor penalties called and much of the frame was spent with the special team groups on the ice.

The lone marker coming in the second period would come shorthanded when a botch job by Joe Hicketts with the puck allowed for a clean break by Gaudreau. The mistake from Hicketts came near his attacking blueline in neutral ice but Gaudreau would be free in space once he entered the attacking zone and snapped a wrister low glove against Coreau to score his second tally and third point of the game.

Past the halfway point in the third period the Griffins would knot things up at 3-3. A puck was skipping by Mazanec and he was about to glove it down but Adam Pardy cut him off to play it away from the crease. The puck hopped up on his stick and fell back into the path of Matt Lorito who had plenty of open net to score the equalizer with 9:15 remaining in regulation.

That tally would force overtime in this series opener. Despite some good looks from both sides in the overtime frame the Griffins would get a sneaky shot by Tomas Nosek from just below the goal line in the low left wing to beat Mazanec and go in for the game-winning goal. The shot by Nosek was eerily similar to the one from Svechnikov earlier in the contest and it meant the Griffins claimed Game 1 while the Admirals search for a playoff victory stretched to nine consecutive defeats.

Game 2 takes place in Grand Rapids on Sunday at 3:00 PM CDT. The series then shifts back to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena for Game 3 at 7:00 PM CDT on Wednesday night.

Ramblings: Since the end of the 2016-17 AHL Regular Season the Milwaukee Admirals did not make any roster moves. Tonight’s line combinations were: Richard-Ribeiro-Gaudreau, White-Smith-Moy, Kirkland-Kamenev-Payerl, Florek-Trenin-Liambas, Pardy-Carrier, Murphy-Granberg, Girard-Dougherty. Tonight’s scratches for the Admirals were: Army (healthy), Bass (lower-body injury), Kelleher (undisclosed injury), O’Brien (undisclosed injury), Perfetto (healthy), Pinkston (healthy), and Visentin (healthy).

What were your thoughts on Game 1? After this game do you feel the Milwaukee Admirals can learn and adapt to take a road game against the Grand Rapids Griffins to return to Milwaukee with a chance to finish the series? Are you concerned by Marek Mazanec allowing two goals from such bad angles?

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Ads Stumble In Regular Season Finale; Lose 5-1

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The Milwaukee Admirals lost 5-1 against the Grand Rapids Griffins at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Saturday night.

In the 2016-17 regular season finale things never truly went the Admirals way. Whether it be odd calls or simply a stellar performance in net for Eddie Pasquale – the Admirals couldn’t get a break tonight. It is the fourth straight loss on the regular season finale for the Admirals but the team is still very optimistic heading into the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.

“You want to finish playing the right way and I though, for the most part, we did,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. “I thought we played the right way. [Grand Rapids] caught a couple of breaks, obviously, a couple of power-play goals to put them up a couple of goals. But, five-on-five we thought we did a lot of really good things in the hockey game. We didn’t get the result but we had opportunities to possibly get the result. We worked hard. We played hard the last two nights. We’ll be positive going forward here.”

This game started very sour as Vladislav Kamenev was undercut in neutral ice and sent flying. There was no call on the ice and he took a retaliation penalty which was followed by a bench minor against the Admirals. It gave the Griffins a full two minutes of five-on-three power play to work with and they would break the Admirals penalty kill run of twenty-eight straight kills.

The passing play went Joe Hicketts at the point to Evgeny Svechnikov on the right with to the back post on left wing for Mitch Callahan who beat Jonas Gunnarsson back to the near post to score his sixteenth goal of the season and make it a 1-0 Griffins advantage.

Tyler Moy took matters into his own hands following some more absurd calls against the Admirals in the first period. The Harvard kid picked the pocket of former-Admiral Conor Allen and then turned around, skated in, and roofed a wrister to the glove-side of Eddie Pasquale. It was the first goal of Moy’s professional hockey career and comes in his third career game.

“Fortunate enough to get the puck with some space,” said Moy of his first pro goal. “It felt really good with it being here at home and everything. Great experience and a memory I’ll have for the rest of my life.”

It seemed fitting that the first period end in controversy after all the bizarre moments that were happening. A shot to the net by Filip Hronek was trapped in the left arm of Gunnarsson but a stiff whack by Tyler Bertuzzi knocked the puck through to the net for a goal as the horn sounded to end the opening period. It took video review to confirm that Bertuzzi scored his twelfth goal of the season with 0.6 seconds remaining in the first period.

The Griffins would extend their lead in the second period following a slashing minor against Rick Pinkston. Bertuzzi was very wide down the left wing and managed to work a pass all the way across to his opposite wing where Eric Tangradi was lurking. Gunnarsson over-committed to Bertuzzi and couldn’t recover in time to stop Tangradi’s shot which went in with ease for a power-play goal and his seventeenth of the season.

In the third period, after seeing their seventh power-play come and go, the Admirals saw the Griffins get a breakaway out of the penalty box. Svechnikov had served a bench minor for too many men on the ice and was off to the races once the penalty expired. He finished forehand to backhand with a five-hole shot that beat Gunnarsson for his twentieth goal of the season.

The damage would keep on keeping on in the third period. A howitzer of a slap shot from Colin Campbell flew through net front traffic and rang off the near-side post to beat Gunnarsson stick side for his ninth goal of the season and make it a 5-1 Griffins lead.

The game would finish right there. It was a very solid effort in net for Pasquale who only allowed the tally from Moy against the run of twenty-six shots on goal by the Admirals. The biggest hurt on the evening would be the Admirals getting blanked on seven power-play chances but those chances still generated lots of scoring opportunities. Pasquale was sharp in net tonight.

“He played very well,” said Evason of Pasquale. “They played very well in front of him. But we had good looks. Enough looks to have success, more than one goal. But we’ll find a way. Not a lot of scoring in playoffs.”

The Admirals finish the 2016-17 season with a record of 43-25-4-3 (93 points, 0.612 points percentage). They finish in third place of the Central Division and are set to start the opening round of the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs on the road this coming Friday and Sunday. Their first two home games will be played on Wednesday April 26th at 7:00 PM CDT and -if necessary- Friday April 28th at 7:00 PM CDT.

Following the completion of tonight’s game the Chicago Wolves defeated the Charlotte Checkers 4-3 in overtime at the Allstate Arena to cement the playoff picture. The four teams that played tonight will lock horns in round one as the Wolves battle the Checkers and the Admirals match-up against the Griffins.

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played last night there were no roster moves made in the organization but the team did decide to rest several players in the regular season finale tonight. The line combinations were: Richard-Perfetto-Gaudreau, White-Army-Moy, Kirkland-Kamenev-Payerl, Liambas-Trenin-Florek, Pardy-Pinkston, Murphy-Granberg, Girard-Dougherty. Tonight’s scratches included: Bass (lower-body injury), Carrier (healthy), Kelleher (undisclosed injury), Mazanec (healthy), O’Brien (undisclosed injury), Ribeiro (healthy), Smith (healthy). With the Admirals captain Trevor Smith sitting out for rest the team dressed three alternate captains: Mike Liambas, Adam Payerl, and Adam Pardy.

What were your thoughts on tonight’s game? Is this a sign of things to come in the playoffs or is this result unfair to judge because the Admirals rested so many of their players? Do you think it was right of the Admirals to back-off and rest players for the regular season finale?

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Youngsters Shine; Ads Win 6-2

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The Milwaukee Admirals won 6-2 against the Rockford IceHogs at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Friday night.

On a night which saw the Admirals affiliation agreement with the Nashville Predators extended the team made a statement of their own on the ice. The Admirals improved upon their performance against the IceHogs in Rockford on Wednesday night with a high octane effort with a lot of their latest young guns contributing.

“It wasn’t that easy,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. “They kept pushing when we got up a couple and then they pushed and got opportunities. They played hard. We didn’t expected anything different from Rockford. I don’t care where they are in the standings or where the game is at. They’re going to play the same way and they did. It was a good test for us.”

This game started in very unusual fashion. At the first whistle there was a good delay to figure out whether or not there was a fault on the part of the IceHogs lineup. Michael Latta was not listed on their submitted lineup sheet, was playing, and was subsequently pardoned for the rest of the game. Anthony Louis was written in twice on the roster that the officials were handed. That tactical blunder by the coaching staff meant playing a man short for the game.

Shortly after that bizarre event unfolded something a bit more normal these days happened with a power-play goal scored for the Admirals. Nolan Valleau tripped up Anthony Richard which set the stage for Frédérick Gaudreau to work his magic from the left wing circle. Gaudreau measured a wrister up and whistled it over the left shoulder of Mac Carruth to score his twenty-fifth goal of the season and give the Admirals a 1-0 lead.

The second period for the Admirals has been a toxic one to end the season. Their start to tonight’s second period was a welcome change.

After a lengthy series of passes, with rotating pieces all within the attacking zone, Mike Ribeiro spotted Samuel Girard leaping off from the left point and heading down the left wing. His pass caught him in stride and the young defenseman cut in on goal and attempted to center a pass back post -but- the puck deflected in off Valleau’s skate and in for Girard’s first pro goal and first pro point.

“It was a pass for [Anthony Richard] in front of the net,” laughed Girard. “But it hit the skate of the other player on the other side. So, it was a lucky goal – but it was a goal. I’m very happy about it.”

Valleau was already having a tough night after sitting in the box for the initial power-play goal and then having the Admirals third tally deflect in off his skate. Perhaps it was this that which paved the way for him to get the IceHogs off the mark. Valleau whipped a shot from along the left wing wall that beat Marek Mazanec to the far post and in for the defenseman’s third goal of the season.

Tyler Moy marked his home debut getting on the scoring fun for the Admirals. Moy motored along the left wing on his backhand, turned around the net, and threw a puck off to Petter Granberg who quickly deflected off left wing for Matt White to hammer a shot past Carruth. The tally for White was his fifteenth of the season and made it a 4-1 Admirals lead.

It took the IceHogs 1:01 of ice-time to answer right back. Much like their first goal, a bad angle shot from the left wing wall beat Mazanec. This go around it was Luc Snuggerud and his shot deflected in off the skate of Alex Carrier. The goal for Snuggerud was the first of his professional career.

On their second penalty kill of the night the Admirals made it a 5-2 game in the second period. Justin Florek made a stop up ice and started to drift wide to the right wing. The Admirals had a two-on-two but Adam pardy joined the shorthanded rush, received a saucer feed from Florek at the blueline, and Pardy polished off the rush. The veteran defenseman’s wrister snapped through Carruth and Pardy has his third goal of the season and the the Admirals fifth scored shorthanded.

Moy’s home debut would keep on shining with a primary assist to start the third period. The Admirals were cycling in attack when Moy unloaded a slap shot. Carruth did make the initial save but Moy’s shot had plenty of juice on it and spilled into the path for Trevor Smith to backhand in the rebound for his fourteenth goal of the season to increase the Admirals lead to 6-2.

The game would finish at that scoreline. It was another good effort in net for Mazanec who really can only kick himself over the IceHogs opening goal. Everything else for the Czech netminder was smooth as he earned his eighteenth win of the season.

Tomorrow night will mark the end of the 2016-17 regular season. The Admirals will host the Grand Rapids Griffins in a potential preview of their opening round playoff series. The Admirals home playoff games will be on Wednesday April 26th at 7:00 PM CDT and -if necessary- Friday April 28th at 7:00 PM CDT at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

“We want to make sure we’re hitting our highest step as we head into playoffs,” said Tyler Moy of tomorrow’s regular season finale against the Griffins. “I don’t think the game will change at all tomorrow. We just gotta stay on top of our game and treat it as if it is a playoff game.”

Ramblings: Prior to tonight’s game the Nashville Predators announced a new five-year affiliation agreement with the Milwaukee Admiral that will run through to the 2021-22 season. Since the Admirals played on Wednesday night the lone roster note was that Jonathan Diaby was placed on unconditional waivers and released. Diaby had one-year left on his contract and is now a free agent. Tonight’s line combinations for the Admirals were: Richard-Ribeiro-Gaudreau, White-Smith-Moy, Kirkland-Kamenev-Payerl, Florek-Trenin-Liambas, Pardy-Carrier, Murphy-Granberg, Girard-Dougherty. Tonight’s scratches were: Army (healthy), Bass (lower-body injury), Kelleher (undisclosed injury), O’Brien (undisclosed injury), Perfetto (healthy), Pinkston (healthy), and Visentin (healthy). Tonight’s attendance: 5,349.

What were your thoughts on tonight’s game? How impressed were you by the effort of Tyler Moy in his second pro game and home debut? Are these younger pieces starting to lock into place in time for the playoffs? Who would you rather see in the opening round: Chicago Wolves or the Grand Rapids Griffins?

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Russian Through Rockford; Ads Win 2-1

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The Milwaukee Admirals held on for a 2-1 victory against the Rockford IceHogs on the road at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Wednesday night.

Tonight’s game was kickstarted by the Russian duo for the Admirals and saw a fantastical effort by Marek Mazanec in net. The Admirals finish the road portion of their 2016-17 season with a record of 23-11-1-3 (50 points, 0.658 points percentage) which is third best in the AHL.

“We challenged the group in the second period a little bit. We got away from doing the right things as far as getting pucks deep and trying to be a little too cute,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason after the game. “But we adjusted quickly.”

Vladislav Kamenev put the Admirals out in front midway through the first period to record his twenty-first goal of the season. Adam Payerl was working away from the goal line in the left wing when he gave a short pass to the Russian camped near the net front area. Kamenev smacked the puck up over the right shoulder of Lars Johansson to get the Admirals up 1-0.

The Russian fun continued in the first period but this time around Yakov Trenin got into the act. After an odd man rush between Matt White and Tyler Moy went bust the puck stayed deep and ended up skipping around the net. Trenin managed to get control of the puck and then whirl in a spin-o-rama backhander high to the glove of Johansson for his first pro goal. It was a beauty and, on the play, Moy scored his first pro point in his pro debut.

“It hit my skate and after the puck was very close to the red line,” said Trenin. “So, it’s a bad angle to shoot and I decide to do spin-o-rama and score.”

In the second period Marek Mazanec pulled off one of the best saves of the season. A rush down the right wing ended in a shot pulling wide into the right wing corner but Jeremy Langlois got his stick blade on it and redirected it on target. Mazanec was well out of position but flew back to make the diving glove save and keep the IceHogs scoreless.

That would remain the case until past the halfway point in the third period. Luc Snuggerud passed off from the right wing into the high slot where Kyle Baun hammered a shot on goal. Mazanec made the initial save by Tyler Motte was on hand to push across a rebound effort for his tenth goal of the season that denied Mazanec the shutout bid and made it a one-goal contest.

“He just made real solid saves all night,” said Evason of his goaltender Mazanec. “And some real point blank opportunities off of the rush. He was there to help us out.”

With 2:04 remaining in regulation the IceHogs used their timeout and went empty net and extra attacker. Not too far gone from that an Moy was whistled for a high sticking minor to give the IceHogs a late power-play on top of their extra attacker push. Despite the late threat the Admirals would hold on for the 2-1 victory on the road tonight.

This game concludes the Admirals road schedule for the 2016-17 regular season. They finish the season with a road record of THIS. They will see these very same IceHogs on Friday night back at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena for a 7:00 PM CDT face-off before finishing the regular season up with the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night at 6:00 PM CDT.

“Obviously it will be nice playing at home,” said Tyler Moy following his pro debut. “It’ll be my first one at home. We want to be rolling into playoffs so I don’t think we can be taking any team lightly. We want to be at our best going in.”

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played on Sunday the Nashville Predators recalled Pontus Åberg to join them for the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Predators then signed Tyler Moy to a two-year entry level contract. Moy has joined the Admirals for the rest of the 2016-17 season on an amateur try-out contract and made his professional playing debut tonight. Prior to tonight’s game the Admirals brought back Stephen Perfetto from the Alaska Aces of the ECHL and also received Mark Visentin from their ECHL affiliate the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Admirals line combinations were: Richard-Ribeiro-Gaudreau, White-Smith-Moy, Kirkland-Kamenev-Payerl, Florek-Trenin-Liambas, Pardy-Carrier, Murphy-Granberg, Girard-Dougherty. Tonight’s scratches were: Army (healthy), Bass (lower-body injury), Kelleher (undisclosed injury), O’Brien (undisclosed injury), Perfetto (healthy), Pinkston (healthy), and Visentin (healthy).

What were your thoughts on tonight’s game? Was this the sort of response that you wanted to see from the Milwaukee Admirals or is the bigger key to now sustain this level of performance?

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Wild Weekend Ends in OT; Ads Lose 3-2 in Iowa

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The Milwaukee Admirals lost 3-2 in overtime to the Iowa Wild on the road at the Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday night.

After a very rough start the Admirals held the fort, fought back, and forced overtime tonight in Iowa. It would end in bizarre fashion as Vladislav Kamenev lost an edge and gave a break for Alex Tuch that he would finish. The Admirals have one win from five games in April.

The start to tonight’s game couldn’t have been much worse than it was. A turnover from Trevor Murphy allowed Luke Kunin to fire a rocket past the stick side of Jonas Gunnarsson for his fourth goal of the season. The goal was scored in just forty-nine seconds of the first period and the puck pinged in and out of the net so fast that it needed to be reviewed to confirm that it was in fact a goal.

Another turnover less than a minute later would give the Wild their second goal from the second shot in just 1:36 of the first period. Trevor Smith’s attempted breakout pass was picked off at the blueline and Colton Beck was able to get a snap shot off from the low left wing to beat Gunnarsson for his fifth goal of the season.

After that second Wild goal the Admirals burned their timeout. Admirals head coach Dean Evason was visibly livid with the start. And that appeared to have a good response for the play that followed in the first period.

The Admirals would get off the mark when Vladislav Kamenev scored his twentieth goal of the season with less than six-minutes remaining in the first period. Yakov Trenin and Gustav Olofsson has slid into Steve Michalek in net. It appeared the Wild goaltender never fully recovered and wasn’t set once Kamenev deflected in a shot pass from Mike Liambas to cut the Wild lead to 2-1. Trenin earned a secondary assist on the play to record his first pro point.

Kamenev’s twentieth goal of the season meant that he joined Pontus Åberg and Frédérick Gaudreau to reach that plateau. It’s the first time since 2014-15 when the Admirals had three accomplish the feat. That season Austin Watson, Colton Sissons, and Viktor Arvidsson scored twenty-or-more goals each.

In the final minutes of the second period the Admirals picked up the pace and found an equalizer. Trenin sent the Admirals captain Smith free down the left wing and he was off on a two-on-one with Matt White on the right wing. Smith dished off for White who smashed in the shot for his fourteenth goal of the season. White now has forty points on the season.

This game would need overtime tonight. Kamenev looked to have lost an edge on his right skate and was unable to get the puck deep as he slid to the ice near his own blueline. Alex Tuch would pick up the puck, skate down the right wing, and then shoot stick-side on Gunnarsson to bury his seventeenth goal of the season to give the Wild the 3-2 overtime win tonight.

Credit must be given to Wild netminder Michalek who ends the season with four wins from four games against the Admirals. He stopped 39/41 shots on goal in the win tonight. His opposition Gunnarsson was snakebitten by the Admirals start but he did stop 22/25 in a rare appearance for the Swede.

The Milwaukee Admirals will continue with another road game on Wednesday night against the Rockford IceHogs at 7:00 PM CDT at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The Admirals will then finish off the 2016-17 regular season at home with games on Friday and Saturday against the IceHogs and Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played last night there weren’t any new roster additions for the team. In the ECHL, the Admirals affiliate the Cincinnati Cyclones ended their 2016-17 season last night and the team missed out on the 2017 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs. Tonight’s line combinations were: Richard-Gaudreau-Kelleher, Trenin-Smith-White, Kirkland-Kamenev-Payerl, Liambas-Army-Florek, Pinkston-Carrier, Murphy-Dougherty, Girard-Granberg. Tonight’s scratches were: Åberg (healthy), O’Brien (lower-body injury), Pardy (healthy), and Ribeiro (healthy). Tyler Kelleher left the game in the third period with injury and did not return.

What were your thoughts on tonight’s game and this weekend’s three-in-three? Was it right of the Milwaukee Admirals to shake up so much with their roster this weekend after having clinched a playoff spot or should they have kept the pedal down?

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Backpedaling; Ads Fall 4-2 to IceHogs

Marek Mazanec was an extremely busy human being tonight. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Milwaukee Admirals lost 4-2 against the Rockford IceHogs at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Saturday night.

Tonight the IceHogs didn’t play their record one bit. They played desperate and continued to throw shot after shot at Marek Mazanec. The shots total tonight paints a poor picture as the IceHogs outshot the Admirals 42-34 which helped in providing a win tonight in Milwaukee.

“We’ve talked a lot about it doesn’t matter who we play, where we play, when we play. When the puck drops we play hard. The last two nights we have not,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason after the game. “That has been the biggest disappointment for us.”

After last night it was clear that the Admirals wanted to have a good start. They did just that by getting on the board first from an unlikely source in the opening frame. Jack Dougherty jumped up on the rush and crashed the net. Mike Ribeiro labeled a perfect pass from the left wing to his tape to give the Admirals’ Man of the Year his second goal of the season.

The IceHogs would knot things up at 1-1 in the second period. Michael Latta was able to rip a wrister off before Rick Pinkston could close him down. The former-Admiral’s shot flew top shelf over the stick-side shoulder of Marek Mazanec for Latta’s fourth goal of the season.

The Admirals second period woes seemed to continue and do so In rough fashion. Anthony Louis was skating low right wing against Andrew O’Brien and managed to score from a very bad angle against Mazanec to the near post. The goal for Louis was the first of his pro career.

Thankfully, the Admirals would get a response 1:31 of ice-time later to level things back up at 2-2. Vladislav Kamenev snapped a low shot that went into the pads of Jeff Glass. It looked for a moment that Glass had the puck frozen but it had enough juice on it that it wheeled on through to goal to count as Kamenev’s nineteenth of the season.

The third period would get started with some fireworks. Pinkston leveled Luke Johnson as he motored down the right wing wall in attack. That caught the eye of IceHogs captain Jake Dowell who skated on over, said some words, and then the gloves were off. It was more of a grappling match that ended with Pinkston throwing Dowell down. That still should go as a win for Pinkston in your fight cards.

Shortly after the dust up it would be the IceHogs gathering off the fight energy and scoring. Brandon Mashinter stationed himself in front of Mazanec, had a rebound, and was left by Trevor Smith and Alex Carrier to swiftly swat a second chance opportunity through for his fifteenth goal of the season to give the IceHogs a 3-2 lead.

Mazaznec would make his way to the bench with 1:19 remaining in regulation to bring on the extra attacker. With 45.6 seconds remaining in regulation a puck along the IceHogs bench drew a too many men on the ice penalty and gave the Admirals a chance with two extra bodies on the ice. The IceHogs took a time out at the time of the penalty. And Ville Pokka would hammer a puck the length of the ice into the empty net to score a shorthanded empty netter right off the following draw to make it 4-2 IceHogs from the Finn’s sixth goal of the season.

“We just didn’t play well for one period last night,” said Evason. “We didn’t play well at all tonight.”

The Admirals will finish up this weekend’s three-in-three with a lovely bus ride down to Des Moines and the Wells Fargo Arena where they will face-off against the Iowa Wild on Sunday at 5:00 PM CDT. They will then see these very same IceHogs at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Wednesday at 7:00 PM CDT to cap off a quick road set before returning home to finish off the regular season.

“We need to adjust and comeback with a great game tomorrow,” said Evason. “I don’t care how far we’re going to travel. We’re going to play a hockey game and we better play hard.”

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played last night the received Yakov Trenin who was assigned to them by the Nashville Predators after his junior season with Gatineau in the QMJHL came to an end in the first round of the playoffs. Tonight’s line combinations were: Richard-Ribeiro-Gaudreau, White-Smith-Åberg, Kirkland-Kamenev-Payerl, Liambas-Trenin-Kelleher, Murphy-Dougherty, Pinkston-Carrier, O’Brien-Girard. Tonight’s scratches were: Army (healthy), Florek (healthy), Granberg (healthy), and Pardy (healthy). Reminder, Jimmy Oligny was announced as out for the rest of the season following knee surgery this week.

What were your thoughts on tonight’s game? It seemed that the Milwaukee Admirals were somewhat overwhelmed by the Rockford IceHogs early in this game. Does a performance such as this make you worry about the Admirals or is this the result of resting certain players and mixing things up?

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Forsberg and Monsters Blank Admirals, 1-0

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)
The Milwaukee Admirals were shutout 1-0 by the Cleveland Monsters at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Friday night.

It was an extremely defensive game that didn’t even see a goal scored until after the midway point. Yet, a surging second period proved to be the difference tonight as the Monsters win all four games in Milwaukee this season. Their playoff lives are still very much alive.

“We’re happy with our game. We were not happy with the second period. But we were real happy with how we played for the most part,” commented Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason after the shutout loss. “Their goaltender Forsberg was absolutely outstanding. It was a good hockey game.”

It would take 35:45 of hockey to be played tonight before this game had its first goal. A puck scramble out in front of Marek Mazanec ended with Ryan Craig poking a loose puck from the right wing post to the backdoor where Zac Dalpe was camping. It was a swift finish for Dalpe who recorded his tenth goal of the season to get the Monsters ahead 1-0.

“It was just a lucky bounce for them,” said Anthony Richard of Dalpe’s goal. “It was just 1-0. So, we have to play better offensively.”

And, bizarrely, that would be lone goal in this contest. Mazanec would make his way to the bench with 1:21 remaining in regulation but the Admirals late push with the extra attacker went bust. It meant a fourth shutout of the season for Anton Forsberg who stopped all twenty-seven shots that the Admirals threw on him tonight. For perspective’s sake the Monsters registered sixteen shots on goal in the second period alone.

“It’s always like that since maybe fifteen games,” said Richard of the second period woes. “We run over the place. Nobody is touching the puck. It’s just neutral zone play. We have to find a way to put pucks deep, forecheck, and go to the net.”

The weekend three-on-three continues tomorrow night when the Rockford IceHogs arrive for a 6:00 PM CDT face-off. The Admirals will conclude the weekend with a road game against the Iowa Wild on Sunday at 5:00 PM CDT.

“Quick turn-around,” said Justin Kirkland. “Guys will be ready. We’re excited. We’re trying to prepare here for the playoffs.”

Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played on Sunday the team officially clinched a spot in the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs. The Admirals then saw the addition of Nashville Predators second round selection from the 2016 NHL Draft in defenseman Samuel Girard following the conclusion of his junior playing season. That came a day before Admirals defenseman Jimmy Oligny had season ending knee surgery. Tonight’s line combinations were: Richard-Ribeiro-Gaudreau, White-Smith-Åberg, Kirkland-Kamenev-Payerl, Florek-Army-Liambas, Pardy-Carrier, Murphy-Granberg, Girard-Dougherty. Tonight’s scratches were: Kelleher (healthy), O’Brien (lower-body injury), Oligny (lower-body injury – out for season), and Pinkston (healthy). Tonight marked the pro playing debut for Samuel Girard. Tonight’s game also marked Marek Mazanec’s 162nd played with the Admirals to make him their all-time games played leader for a goaltender in the AHL history of the team. Mazanec only trails Rich Sirois (285) and Chris Mason (173) in franchise history.

What were your thoughts on tonight’s game? What is the issue with the Milwaukee Admirals and the second period? How do you feel Samuel Girard performed in his pro debut? How will the Admirals rebound for the rest of the weekend?

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