Looking to come out of the four day AHL All Star break with a spark, the Admirals came out looking burnt out. Hard to believe that this team started 6-0-2 and has been merely a .500 team since. They now are in seventh place in the conference and have a five point lead on the ninth place San Antonio Rampage.
This season, Milwaukee has owned the Iowa Wild, going 5-0 against them, but Friday was a different story. The pink-clad Ads were still in the game after entering the third period in a 2-0 hole, when Filip Forsberg scored his seventh of the season on a powerplay to close the gap to one.
Only 12 seconds later, starter Marek Mazanec allowed a Wild goal to make the score 3-1, and that's how it ended.
The Admirals had their chances, as Taylor Beck failed to convert a penalty shot very late in the third. They also could not convert with an extra attacker as Mazanec was pulled with two minutes to go. Full game highlights can be found here.
The next night in Chicago proved to be a winner for the Admirals. Forsberg got the scoring started off in the first as he jammed in a rebound off an Austin Watson shot.
Milwaukee started goalie Hannu Toivonen, which was his first AHL start since April 10, 2011 as a Rockford Icehog. Toivonen allowed two goals on the night, before AHL All-Star Colton Sissons scored his eighteenth of the year at 6:48 of the second to knot the game up at two.
Neither teams scored in the third period, forcing the game into overtime. Despite leading the AHL in overtime losses at six, Austin Watson made sure that this one would end up differently. His thirteenth of the year at 4:38 into overtime gave the Admirals the 3-2 overtime win. Full game highlights can be found here.
The same two teams were back at it the next day. Despite being outshot 13-3 in the first period, the Ads found themselves up at the first intermission. Vinny Saponari scored his ninth of the season from Miikka Salomaki and Sissons at 7:36 in the first.
Mazanec was back in net for the Admirals, and allowed three straight goals before getting pulled for Toivonen early in the third. Toivonen stopped all six shots that came his way.
Sissons scored his team leading nineteenth of the season to pull the Ads back within one, but that's as close as they got as they fell 3-2 to the Wolves. Full game highlights can be found here.
The Wolves are now 6-0-1-1 against the Admirals this year. The Ads are 2-3-2-1 in the "Amtrak Rivalry" this season.
Coming up next for Milwaukee is a home game on Friday against the Abbotsford Heat, before traveling to Rockford on Saturday and Grand Rapids on Sunday.
(Photo by: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals)