The Admirals were riding high into last night’s contest with two prior wins this week, extending their road win streak to five games. The first a 5-4 win over Houston Tuesday night in Texas, the second a 6-1 victory over the Barons of Oklahoma City in Oklahoma. Those two wins give the Admirals a 33-15-2-7 record and 75 points which is good enough for first place in the very tight West Division of the AHL. Milwaukee, along with Peoria, Houston, and Texas are separated by only 5 points!
The first period at the Bradley Center was filled with extreme intensity, but, without a score from either team. Both the Admirals and the Wolves, had two power-play opportunities each, with both teams coming up empty. On the season the Admirals rank 15th (out of 30) on power-plays, 42 of 236 for 17.7%.
In the second period, while being equally intense, the only goal scored was that of Mark Matheson of Chicago with 3:55 to go in the period. It was his fifth goal on the season. Unable to “light the lamp” the Admirals matched their shots on goal from the first period, with nine.
Period three opened with a “BANG” as Roscoe (the Admirals mascot) fired the Major Goolsby’s cannon, from the Major Goolsby’s gun deck to get things started. Unfortunately the Wolves came out and scored a short-handed, unassisted goal by rookie Tim Miller just 3:23 into the period. With time expiring the Admirals were able to avoid the shut out and scored with just 1:43 lest in regulation, it was the eighth goal of the year for Mark Van Guilder. Chicago pulled off the win 2-1 in front of the 12,106 in attendance.
The post game entertainment was provided by the Irish rock group, The Dropkick Murphys, and they ROCKED the rafters! Deep Purple better watch out or their Guinness Book of World Record for loudest rock band may be in jeopardy. This will be the ‘Murphys second straight year performing at the BC after an Admiral game. DKM have been together now for 14 years, and are one of the best known bands in the world, mainly because they were able to establish themselves with the New England area blue-collar fan base, and due to their phenomenally high energy live shows. Check out their website at www.dropkickmurphys.com.
The Admirals next home game is at 7:30 Friday March 5, when they host the Manitoba Moose.