The Amtrak Rivalry

Hockey night in Milwaukee showcased “The Amtrak Rivalry” when it came back to town Friday night (2/11) as the Chicago Wolves brought their 26-23-2-4 record to the Bradley Center to take on the Admirals with their 28-13-2-7 record, which is good enough for second place in the AHL’s West Division of the Western Conference. Earlier in the week the Admirals squandered a 3-0 lead in the third period at home vs. the Rivermen of Peoria. Dropping the shoot out 2-1 after a scoreless over-time period, the final 4-3. This was the 7th meeting between the Admirals and the Wolves this season, third at the Bradley Center. Chicago leads the series 4 games to 2.

The Amtrak Rivalry was inspired by the Hiawatha line that runs 90 miles between the two cities. The winner of the 10 game series between the two teams throughout the season takes home the traveling trophy. Chicago, claimed rights to the trophy after the trophy’s inaugural season (2009) last year.

A healthy crowd (5,643) was in attendance tonight, and usually is when these two teams face-off…maybe the free oven mitts from Palermo’s had something to do with it, nah…. it’s Chicago vs. Milwaukee…enough said.

The Admiral drew first blood five minutes into the game going up 1-0 on an unassisted goal by Admiral Aaron Johnson, his eighth of the season, :30 seconds later the Wolves answered with a goal of their own, number seventeen on the year by Andre Deveaux. The second period opened up with two quick shots on goal by the Wolves. Later in the second the Wolves took a 2-1 lead and by the time the period ended the Wolves were up 3-1. Shortly into the third period the Wolves added another score the third, to take a three goal lead at 4-1. The score ballooned to 5-1 with little over 7 minutes to play. Finally the Admirals put their second score on the board, this time by Kelsey Wilson (his sixth on the year) cutting the score to 5-2, Wolves.

 The fun thing about Admiral games is no matter what the score is there is always something going on, if it not the human hockey puck at intermission, then it’s some sort of challenge to win airline tickets, or chuck-a-puck (where fans throw pucks onto the ice to win a prize). During the game, they have the Mertz Cheese cam as well as the Florsheim Dance Cam, t-shirt tosses, food eating contests, as well as trivia, which is plenty to keep fans of all ages interested and amused. Let’s not forget the blimp with their prize drops and Roscoe (the Admirals faithful mascot).

 Final buzzer sounded and the Wolves came out ahead 5-2 taking a commanding lead in the Amtrak Rivalry 5 games to 2, which leaves the Admirals having to win the remaining 3 games to tie the season series, 2 of which are at the Bradley Center.

Jeff Miller -WISN

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