Aeros Draw First Blood Against Ads
Apr 30, 2009
Milwaukee, WI - The Milwaukee Admirals lost a tough battle in their first game of the West Division Finals against the visiting Houston Aeros by a score of 2-1. The loss was the first for Milwaukee since April 2nd, a span of eight games that included the last four in the regular season and a four game sweep of Rockford in the first round of the playoffs.
After a rough start to the game involving a fight between the two captains, Nolan Yonkman and Clayton Stoner, that ended with Yonkman and Kelsey Wilson both in the penalty box the Aeros found themselves on a five-on-three power-play in which they were able to capitalize.
“We put ourselves in a hole,” said Admirals Head Coach Lane Lambert. “It was certainly a mistake, and we can’t afford to do that, we can’t afford to get in those situations.”
At 2:58, defenseman Tomas Mojzis fired a slapshot from the point that found its way under Drew MacIntyre’s legs through traffic in front of a net. The assists were credited to Maxim Noreau and Corey Locke.
The fans thought they were going to see a scoreless second period, until Krys Kolanos found a way to five the Aeros a 2-0 lead. The puck went behind the net, and Kolanos followed it, faking a wrap around. He had MacIntyre fooled, as he stopped and shoved the puck in the other side of the net with his backhand at the 3:24 mark of the second.
The Admirals offense began to get on track and with 2:46 left in the game Andreas Thuresson blasted a slapshot from the left point after receiving a pass from Mark Matheson. The shot blew right by Houston’s goaltender Anton Khudobin before he even had time to react. It was Thuresson’s 2nd goal of the playoffs and cut the lead in half.
The Admirals pulled MacIntyre in favor of an extra attacker for the final minute of the game, but couldn’t get the equalizer past Khudobin.
“Saturday’s game is huge for us,” added Lambert. “We know that, and the sense of urgency has certainly increased.”
MacIntyre stopped 26 shots on the night, while Khudobin turned aside 23 of Milwaukee’s 24 attempts.
The Admirals and Aeros return to the ice for game two of the series on Saturday night at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center. Fans can purchase individual tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com/ , or in person at the Admirals office (510 W. Kilbourn Ave) or at the Bradley Center Box Office. Groups of ten or more still get a minimum of $2 off the price of each ticket. For more information on group tickets or to book a group fans should call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.