Admirals Stumble Into the All-Star Break

Maybe a four day break is what the Milwaukee Admirals need, as they lost both of their games this week.  The lowly Utica Comets came into the 414 and shut out the home team, and then the Wolves came up from the windy city and blew right past the Ads.  They are in the sixth position in the conference standings, but are only ahead of the eighth place Rochester Americans (8-2-0-0 in their last ten) by three points.

Milwaukee was outshot by ten, 31-21, as the Comets blanked the Ads 3-0.  Marek Mazanec got the start in goal and allowed all three tallies in the second period.

This was the first ever meeting between these two teams, and the first time the Admirals have been shut out at home this season.  Full game highlights can be found here.

Two nights later, a healthy number of fans saw a pretty entertaining game in the "Amtrak Rivalry."  Miikka Salomaki got the scoring started for the Ads, as he scored off his own rebound for his twelfth of the season.

Patrick Cehlin then put the Ads up by two only 55 seconds into the second, as Mazanec saw Filip Forsberg open way down ice, as Forsberg then fed the puck to Cehlin for his fourth of the year.

Chicago got on the board in the second, but the Ads regained a two goal lead thanks to Kevin Henderson scoring his sixth of the season.

Unfortunately for the Ads, it was all downhill from there, as Keith Aucoin scored after being awarded a penalty shot at 3:52 in the third.  Then the Wolves tied it up at three each after Cade Fairchild beat a twisting Mazanec up high.

Milwaukee earned a point as the game went into overtime, but could not get the puck past goalie Jake Allen in the extra five minutes.  The Ads also failed to beat Allen in the shootout, and Sebastian Wannstrom and Adam Cracknell both scored to give the W to Chicago.  Full game highlights can be found here.

The Admirals are back at it every day this weekend, with a home game against the Iowa Wild on Friday, and then back to back games against the Wolves in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday.

(Photo by: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals)

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