By forcing two shootouts, the Admirals gained two points on their three game road trip, but claimed no victories. The Admirals (18-12-5-3, sixth in conference standings) have 44 points on the year, and are only four ahead of the ninth place Rochester Americans, who are looking to get into that eighth and final playoff spot.
Last Thursday, the Admirals battled the San Antonio Rampage. Simon Moser gave the Admirals their first lead of the game at 8:07 in the third, for his seventh goal of the season. But only 41 seconds later, the Rampage got one by starter Magnus Hellberg to tie the game up at four.
The overtime period ended scoreless, and the game went into a shootout. Newly signed veteran Hannu Toivonen replaced Hellberg late in the OT due to injury, and was between the pipes for the shootout.
Miikka Salomaki was the only Admiral to score in the shootout, while the Rampage scored twice, once in the sixth round to ice it for the home team.
Mathieu Tousignant, Kevin Henderson, and Taylor Beck scored their third, fifth, and eleventh goals respectively.
Game highlights can be found here.
The Admirals then traveled to Oklahoma City to play a back-to-back with the Barons. Marek Mazanec was back from Nashville, and got the start on Saturday night.
He stopped 23 of 25 shots, but the 2-0 goal hole in the first period was too much for the Admirals to overcome. Mike Liambas scored in the second to close the gap to one, but that's as close as the Ads ever got. Richard Bachman stopped 32 of 33 for the Barons and got the W. Mazanec (5-1-0) suffered his first AHL loss.
Milwaukee was shut out on four powerplay attempts.
The next night, the Admirals jumped out to an early lead thanks to Filip Forsberg, his sixth goal of the season at 1:39 in the first period. Mazanec got the start again in net for the Admirals, allowed four regulation goals out of 25 shots.
Vinny Saponari scored his fifth goal of the season for Milwaukee at 12:30 in the third period to make the game 3-2 Barons. OKC got that goal right back only two minutes later.
This one looked to be over at with the Admirals trailing by two with five minutes to play in regulation, but the pesky ads lived up to their nickname.
Mark Van Guilder brought the visitors within one with a goal at 15:26, and then Moser scored with only 2.6 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
The game went into a shootout, where the Barons outscored the Admirals three to two. Beck and Moser had the shootout goals for the Ads.
Even though the Admirals had a season high 45 shots, it wasn't enough as they equaled their longest losing streak of the season at three games.
Hopefully some home cooking for the Admirals is what they need, as they play the Toronto Marlies tonight in Milwaukee. They then have three games in three nights against the Rockford Icehogs, with Friday and Sunday games being in Milwaukee.
(Photo by: Oklahoma City Barons)