Admirals Week in Review: Two losses, A Goalie Fight(!!!), and a Victory

This week, the Milwaukee Admirals dropped back-to-back games against the Lake Erie Monsters, before pulling out a shootout victory versus the Iowa Wild.  The team now sits at 17-10-5-1 and allowed the Chicago Wolves to leapfrog them in the Midwest Division.  The Ads now are in third place, one point behind the Wolves and nine behind the first place Griffins.

Goalie Scott Darling started for the Admirals in the first game against the Monsters, and allowed three goals in a wire-to-wire win for Lake Erie.  After falling behind by two goals only 7:21 into the game, Joonas Jarvinen got Milwaukee on the board at 14:18 with assists from newly named Swiss Olympic team member Simon Moser and Taylor Beck.

The Monsters answered back with a powerplay goal at 7:47 in the second period, which snapped Milwaukee's streak of killing 22 straight penalties.

Admirals' forward Mike Liambas put his first goal of the season in the net at 18:72 of the second, but that was all for the Admirals.  The Monsters added an empty netter with 32 seconds left in the game to ice it for the Monsters. 

Full game highlights can be found here.

The Ads hoped to fair better the very next night, but things got worse.  It was a knotted up at one after one, with an Admirals goal coming from Moser with assists from Austin Watson and Kevin Henderson.

Monsters' David van der Gulik recorded a hat trick, in a 6-1 rout for Lake Erie.

Besides the Moser goal, the only other highlight for the Admirals happened at 10:15 in the third period.  A scrum broke out between the two teams behind the Monsters' net, and then both Darling and Monsters' goalie Sami Aittokallio skated to center ice and dropped the gloves.

Tale of the Tape

Scott Darling – 6'5'' 215 lbs

Sami Aittokallio – 6'1'' 180 lbs

Video proof here.

Last night the Admirals looked to get back to winning ways against the Iowa Wild.  In front of a good home crowd that braved -40 degree Fahrenheit wind chill temperatures, the Admirals provided plenty of entertainment.

Goalie Magnus Hellberg got the start for the home team and put on one of his better performances of the season.  The Admirals outshot the Wild 12-7 in the penalty-free first frame, but the Wild put up the only goal of the first at 4:02. 

Watson and Colton Sissons gave the Ads a 2-1 lead after two frames, scoring their ninth and thirteenth respectively.  Both goals came on the powerplay.

Shortly into the third period, the Wild tied it up at 2, but Beck put the Admirals back on top with his ninth of the season at 3:50.  About seven minutes later, Hellberg allowed a goal that tied the game back up at 3.

The game went into overtime, where the Wild outshot the Admirals 6-0, but were denied by Hellberg all 6 times.   Hellberg also stood tall in the shootout, as Beck and Vinny Saponari scored for the Admirals to give them a 4-3 victory.  Shootout highlights can be found here.

The Amtrak rivalry is renewed for the Admirals as they host the Wolves on Saturday night.  The team is right back at it against the Monsters on Sunday in Milwaukee.

(Photo by: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals)