The Lake Erie Monsters matriculated west to the Bradley Center Saturday night for only the second time this season, and fourth time overall. The Admirals own the Monsters with a 3-0-0-0 record. Lake Erie came into last’s night’s game sharing the third spot in the North Division with Toronto, while the Admirals entered Saturday night’s contest 37-18-5-8 with 87 points and in first place in the West Division. The closest team to Milwaukee in the West is Houston, which is only 3 points back (The Aeros handed the Admirals a tough loss Friday night in Houston 3-2 in O.T.).
Milwaukee started the period off red hot with a blistering 10 shots on goal while the Monsters struggled with only two. The Admiral’s first of three power play opportunities of the first twenty minutes came 11:10 into the period. The period ended uneventfully, with the Admirals finishing off the period with 13 shots on goal, while the Monsters only had 6. Fans were left scratching their head when the period came to a close since the Admirals had three power play opportunities.
The second period for the lack of a better word or phrase was won by the Monsters. Lake Erie drew first blood at 14:49 on a shot by left wing Greg Mauldin, then again with just under 2 minutes left in the period Justin Mercier scored on a power play. Lake Erie not only out scored Milwaukee between the posts but also with shots on goal (11-7).
The third period started with the thumps of drums in the background while Huey Lewis and the News (the after game entertainment) did their final sound checks. The Monsters lit the lamp 9:46 into the period making the score at 3-0 and giving Julien Brouillette his first goal of the season. Frustration quickly set in, the gloves came off and with 6:53 left in the period Admirals Left Wing Dylan Hunter and Lake Erie’s Cameron Gaunce went at it and both got 5 minutes in the penalty box for fighting. Shortly there after another fight broke out, this time Kelsey Wilson of Milwaukee was the instigator with a roughing penalty, and left the Admirals to play 2 minutes of 4 on 5 hockey in the Admirals zone. With a mere 49.9 seconds left in the game the crowd erupted when Brock McBride scored the Admirals first goal. Goal number two came with just 13.2 on the clock and gave the Admiral faithful some hope of an over-time, but it was a little too late. The Admirals dropped the game 3-2 in front of a crowd of 12,579.
The multi-platinum 80’s Pop group Huey Lewis and the News performed after the game. They rocked the Bradley Center with such hits as I Want A New Drug, Power of Love, She’s Heart and Soul, and closed out the mini-concert with a heart felt tribute to the working class acknowledging the hard times here in Wisconsin with “Workin’ for a Living.” Listening to them put everyone in a better mood after the dishearten loss, and maybe took the fans back in a simpler time in their lives, when there wasn’t as much electronic media, or reality t.v. when it was actually “Hip To Be Square.” www.hueylewis.com
The Admirals next home game is Tuesday March 22nd when they host Oklahoma City, the puck drops at 7pm at the Bradley Center. www.milwaukeeadmirals.com
Jeff Miller – WISN