Ads Drop Home Finale to Toronto
Milwaukee, WI- The Admirals home season finale amounted to a 3-2 OT loss to the Toronto Marlies on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. With the Admirals eliminated from the playoffs, they gave a valient effort for the Ads faithful to finish off the 2014-15 season.
The majority of the first period was a fast paced and scorless affair until the Marlies took advantage of their first powerplay of the night with 3:30 remaining in the period. Forward Byron Froese got it started when he worked the puck out of the corner and fed it to a streaking William Nylander in the slot. Nylander's initial shot was blocked by Magnus Hellberg, but the Marlie centerman made no mistake in burying the rebound to take a 1-0 lead at 16:22 of the first.
Milwaukee got right back on track early in the second period when forward Rich Clune gained possession on the boards in the offensive zone. His pass found Anthony Bitetto at the point, who launced a wrister that beat Marlie's goaltender Antoine Bibeau with Austin Watson providing the screen for the equalizer at 2:24 of the second.
The deadlock was lifted at 11:44 of the second when the Admirals buried a powerplay goal of their own. Pontus Aberg controlled the puck just outside the hashmarks, then relayed a hard pass to the stick of Watson who was camped out in front. The puck deflected off the backhand of Watson to an all alone Viktor Arvidsson at the opposite faceoff dot. Arvidsson's slapper exploded past a diving Bibeau for his 21st of the year, giving the Admirals the 2-1 lead.
Toronto knotted things up with a goal from Sam Carrick at 11:06 of the third period when he fired a back hander from the right dot that slipped under the right pad of Hellberg.
The battle continued into the overtime period until the Marlies Brendn Mikkelson scored off a pass from Nylander to gain two points, securing the Marlies position in the playoffs.
The Admirals finish off their season on Saturday night in Chicago for the final edition of the 2014-15 Amtrak Rivalry.