This week saw the Milwaukee Admirals lose a close one to the Chicago Wolves, before hanging on for a victory against the Lake Erie Monsters. Milwaukee's record is now 18-11-5-1 and they sit in sixth place in the conference standings, which would be good enough to make the playoffs if the season ended today.
On Saturday night, the Wolves came up from the windy city and brought some of their fans with them. In front of an impressive crowd at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, the Admirals had a rough two minutes at the start of the second period that essentially cost them the game.
Vinny Saponari scored the first goal of the game at 13:46 of the first, with assists from Taylor Beck and Tony Bitetto. Besides being the only Admirals goal of the game, it was the only PP goal of the game. Milwaukee went one for seven, and the Wolves went 0 for four.
Wolves' Dmitrij Jaskin beat goalie Magnus Hellberg to tie the game only 21 seconds into the second period, after a bad turnover by the Admirals in their defensive zone.
Not even a minute later, the Wolves added the game winning goal on a shorthanded score by Keith Aucoin on a 2-1 rush. Instead of passing to his teammate, he beat Hellberg top shelf.
Hellberg stopped 19 of 21 shots, but was hung with the loss. Milwaukee outshot the Wolves 26 to 21. Full game highlights can be found here.
With a short turnaround, the Admirals beat the Monsters 6-5 on Sunday. The Ads beat them for the first time since March 16, 2012.
The game was a barnburner of sorts, with the Ads holding off a furious Lake Erie comeback attempt in the third.
Filip Forsberg stuffed the stat sheet, recording two goals and two assists. The first goal was on the powerplay, and the one-timer snuck past the netminder for his fourth goal of the season.
Lake Erie got on the board at 9:53 in the second, before Colton Sissons added his fourteenth of the season on a successful diving shot behind the goalie.
Forsberg added his second goal of the night and first ever even strength North American goal (fifth overall) on a rocket of a shot at 15:11 of the second. Wow, this kid is going to be something special. There's a reason he is an Olympian!
The second ended at 5-2 in favor of the Ads, but the game ended at 6-5. Miikka Salomaki added a goal early in the third, for his eighth goal of the season. Scott Darling allowed three goals in the final frame, but the Admirals hung on. The six goals scored were a season high for Milwaukee. Full game highlights can be found here.
The Admirals head out on the road for contests against the San Antonio Rampage tomorrow, and a weekend set against the Oklahoma City Barons.
(Photo by: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals)