The Milwaukee Admirals are currently sixth in the conference with a record of 20-13-6-3. After an up and down week, and with Taylor Beck and Colton Sissons to Nashville, the team hopes to righten the ship this weekend.
Up first for the Ads this past week were the strong Toronto Marlies, who currently sit third in the conference standings.
Milwaukee never trailed in the game as they posted a season high 46 shots on goal. Milwaukee had 11 powerplay chances and converted three of them, with two goals coming from Miikka Salomaki and one from Sissons.
The Marlies made things interesting when they pulled within one at 18:29 in the third, but Marek Mazanec stood tall and earned the win. Milwaukee 3, Toronto 2. Full game highlights can be found here.
On Friday night in Milwaukee, in front of 16,000+, the Ads put on an entertaining opening act and earned a tough two points before country music act Dierks Bentley played the BMO Bradley Center. This was the first of three straight games in three straight days against the Rockford Icehogs.
The AHL All-Star Sissons pulled Milwaukee even at one goal a piece when he scored on a shorthanded breakaway only 2:11 into the second period. Austin Watson then gave the Ads the lead early in the third period on a slapper that was deflected by an Icehogs defender.
Mark Van Guilder then scored to put Milwaukee up 3-1 at 9:17 in the third. Mazanec got the start in net and allowed a goal to make it 3-2 Milwaukee, but that is all the Icehogs could muster, as they lost 3-2.
The next night in Rockford, Milwaukee's road woes continued. Mazanec allowed the gamewinning and go-ahead goal with 3:09 to play in the game.
Vinny Saponari scored the only goal for the Admirals, in a game that included a wacky delay for an unfit playing surface. The Icehogs had painted the ice pink for their "pink in the rink" night, and after the first intermission, the teams were sent back to their locker rooms for just over an hour while the ice was de-pinked.
Pink ice or not, the Ads continue to struggle on the road. They are now 0-4-0-2 on the road in the calendar year, and have not won away from Milwaukee since December 29th against the Iowa Wild.
On Sunday, the two teams wrapped up their three-in-three in Milwaukee. The Ads lead 3-1 after two periods with goals from Saponari, Salomaki, and Joonas Jarvinen.
It was all downhill from there for the Ads as they allowed two early goals in the third period to let the score become even. Milwaukee couldn't put one in net as the game went into overtime, where the Icehogs scored with only 20.2 seconds left in the overtime period to win the game 4-3. Full game highlights can be found here.
Up next for the Admirals are contests between the Wild in Iowa on Friday, and a home game against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday.
(Photo by: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals)