The Milwaukee Admirals were one point away from a perfect three game stretch. They beat the Iowa Wild, fell in a shootout loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and bounced the Hamilton Bulldogs. They now have 54 points, two behind the Chicago Wolves for fifth place in the Western Conference.
The Ads improved their overtime record to 2-6 as they beat the Wild on the road last Friday.
Austin Watson gave Milwaukee the quick lead when he scored at 7:28 in the first with an assist from Kevin Henderson. The goal was his eleventh of the season.
Vinny Saponari put the Ads up 2-0 in the third, with his eighth goal of the season, with dimes from Miikka Salomaki and Simon Moser.
Goalie Marek Mazanec then allowed two goals in the third period, which sent the game to overtime.
Defenseman Bryan Rodney scored with only 51 seconds remaining in OT to win it for the Ads. Mazanec stopped 24 shots as he earned his eighth win of the season.
This game only saw five penalties, with three going against the Ads. Full game highlights can be found here.
The next night, Milwaukee welcomed the impressive Griffins into town.
With his alma mater University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band in the house, Antigo, Wisconsin native Joe Piskula netted his first goal of the season for the Ads 50 seconds into the second to tie the game at one.
Patrick Cehlin scored his third of the year only 30 seconds later to put the Admirals up, but Mazanec allowed a goal midway though the second which knotted the game up at two.
After a scoreless third period, as well as a scoreless overtime period, the game went into a shootout. No Admirals were able to sneak one past Griffins' goalie Petr Mrasek, and Adam Almquist scored against Mazanec to give the Griffins the extra point and the win. Full game highlights can be found here.
On Wednesday night, the Ads played the Bulldogs for the first time this season. Mazanec got the start again in net, due to injuries to Magnus Hellberg and Scott Darling. He stopped 28 of 30 shots on his way to his ninth win of the season.
Mark Van Guilder got the home team on the board at 9:45 when jabbed the loose puck into the net. The goal was his ninth of the season.
The only goal of the second period put the Addys on top. Austin Watson scored on a breakaway at 14:44 for his twelfth tally of the year.
Up next for Milwaukee are home games against the Utica Comets tonight, and Chicago Wolves on Sunday afternoon.
Also, big ups to the voice of the Admirals, Aaron Sims for making his NHL debut calling the Preds V Wild game last night. I hope Nashville enjoyed him, as he is one of the best there is. I hope Pete Weber has a speedy recovery and is back in the booth calling Preds games soon.
(Photo by: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals)