Admirals Defeat Wolves, Claim Amtrak Trophy
The Milwaukee Admirals extended its season-long points streak to seven games with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena Sunday afternoon.
Milwaukee is 6-0-1-0 in its last seven games.
The win moved Milwaukee into sole possession of second place in the Midwest Division and sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference with 71 points.
The team also clinched its first Amtrak Rivalry Trophy since the rivalry between the teams was labeled as such in 2009. Milwaukee is 7-2-0-0 against the Wolves this season with three games remaining between the teams.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead at 16:01 of the first period. Craig Smith intercepted a clearing attempt by Chicago defenseman Kevin Connauton at the right point and found a wide-open Brad Winchester in front of the net. A quick deke and a hard shot gave Winchester his eighth goal of the season.
The Admirals outshot the Wolves 15-6 in the first period.
The Admirals claimed a 2-0 lead when Criag Smith scored his first AHL goal off a nice one-touch pass from Josh Shalla. Joe Piskula held the zone at the left point and fed Shalla in the slot. Shalla tapped the pass to Smith who buried his shot for the goal at 1:28 of the second period. The assist for Piskula was his first point with the Admirals.
The Wolves cut the lead in half at 13:41 of the second period when Kevin Connauton’s shot from the left point found a way through traffic into the net for his sixth goal of the season.
The Admirals reclaimed a two-goal lead with another power play goal at 17:56 of the second period. In the final seconds of a four-minute power play for high-sticking, Piskula dropped the puck from the right circle to the right point for Mattias Ekholm. Ekholm’s slapshot was deflected into the net by Austin Watson for his fourth power play goal of the year. Overall, it was Watson’s 18th of the season which ties him for the team lead.
Milwaukee’s Michael Latta added an empty-net goal, his seventh of the season, with seven seconds left in the game.
Goalie Jeremy Smith stopped 19 shots for his 18th win of the season.
The Admirals next home game is Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm against the Lake Erie Monsters at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
For tickets fans should call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more receive significant discounts off the original ticket price. For more information, or to purchase group tickets, fans can call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.