After three consecutive road games this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Milwaukee Admirals (30-21-6-7, 73 pts) have neither gained or lost ground in the playoff race. They still sit in sixth place in the Western Conference and four points ahead of the ninth place Charlotte Checkers.
Last Friday, the Admirals fought the Hamilton Bulldogs at the First Ontario Centre. Marek Mazanec started in net for the Ads, and stopped 22 of 26 overall shots, but allowed two powerplay goals in the first, and another on a penalty shot in the second. The Admirals offense could not find the back of the net, which resulted in a 3-0 hole.
Mike Liambas got the Ads on the board at 12:02 of the second, his third goal of the season.
The Bulldogs answered right back, to regain a three goal lead.
Taylor Beck scored on a powerplay at 14:53 for the Admirals.
The Admirals outshot the Bulldogs 12-4 in the third, but Beck could only find the back of the net. Admirals lose 2-4. Full game highlights can be found here.
The Addys fared better the next night in Toronto against the Marlies.
Miika Salomaki and Austin Watson scored their 17th and 16th goals of the season, respectively, in the first period.
The Captain Scott Ford and Filip Forsberg added their third and 10th goals of the year in the second.
Scott Darling stopped all 24 shots he faced through two periods, and the Admirals lead 4-0.
The shutout was over only 11 seconds into the third, but Mark Van Guilder scored his 13th of the year to give the Admirals their four goal lead back.
Darling stopped 30 of 31 on the way to his 10th win of the year. The Admirals are now 15-4-1-2 lifetime against the Marlies. Full game highlights can be found here. If nothing else, check out those sweet goal lamps.
Coming off a big win, the Admirals hoped to continue to roll with it into their first ever game in Utica against the Comets.
This one was a back and forth battle, with the Admirals winning, then tied, then winning, then tied, then losing, and then thanks to Francis Wathier, the Admirals tied it back up late in the third.
The game remained scoreless in overtime, and the game went into a shootout.
The Comets won by scoring three times in four chances while the Admirals only put in two out of five.
Darling got the SOL, stopping 26 of 29 in regulation.
Admirals who also scored during regulation were Vinny Saponari and Mathieu Tousignant. Full game highlights can be found here.
The Admirals face the Rochester Americans tonight to close out their four game road trip. This is the Admirals first time in Rochester since 2006. A big two points are at stake, with the Admirals currently at 73 and the eighth place Americans at 70.
Milwaukee returns home against the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday, and take on the division leading Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday.
(Photo by: Robin Wilson, Hamilton Bulldogs)