The Milwaukee Admirals came into Texas on a high. They had not lost a game in regulation, earned a point in each of their first eight games, and held a record of 6-0-2-0.
Let's just say that Texas was not kind to them this past weekend. Even though they earned a point in a shootout loss on Sunday against the San Antonio Rampage, the Ads dropped to 6-2-2-1 after three straight losses.
This was the Admirals' first of eight "three-in-three's" of the season, and they hope they won't all go like this. Friday night, offense was aplenty in a 4-7 loss to the Texas Stars. The loss snapped their aforementioned point streak, and it was their first loss in regulation. Goalie Magnus Hellberg played for the first time since his 12:12 appearance for the Predators on October 26. Perhaps a little rusty, he stopped 33 of 39 shots fired his way.
The two teams had a rematch the very next night, and the Ads hoped this one would end up differently. Trailing 1-5 with only 6:17 to play, the baby Preds unleashed for three unanswered goals, but ultimately came up short, final score being 4-5. Goalie Scott Darling started his first AHL game for Milwaukee, but it was Hellberg who earned the loss after Darling left with a broken skate in the third. Darling stopped 25 of 29 shots, while Hellberg allowed one goal in nine shots. Colton Sissons scored his 5th goal of the season, while Anthony Bitetto netted his 6th.
Sunday saw the Admirals take on the Rampage, and this one was a tighter battle than the Ads' previous two. Possible future Predator Simon Moser netted the game tying goal in the third for his second goal of the season. The game remained scoreless after overtime to force a shootout. Jon Matsumoto of the Rampage tallied the only goal in the shootout, handing Hellberg his first North American shootout loss out of four tries. The Admirals lost 2-3 in a shootout, while earning a point.
You can watch Sunday's highlights here.
Worth Nothing: Fillip Forsberg played in all three games for the Admirals after being sent down to the AHL from Nashville. He scored on a rocket slapshot on Friday night, and has four assists so far for Milwaukee.
– The Predators are 0-5-1 without Forsberg in the lineup this season. They are 8-2-1 with him in the lineup.
Up Next: The Ads welcome the Grand Rapids Griffins to Milwaukee on Wednesday night, before a battle against the Chicago Wolves on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The team then travels to Iowa for a clash with the Wild on Saturday night.
(Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)