Kristian Reichel scored a goal with under a minute remaining in the third period to lift the Manitoba Moose to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Admirals Friday at Canada Life Centre.
The loss gives the Admirals seven straight defeats on the road to start the season, which extends the franchise record. The seven-game losing streak, in games decided without overtime or a shootout, is the longest in the Admirals American Hockey League (AHL) history, passing the previous record of six set in the 2011-12 season (Dec. 10 through Jan. 18) and equaled in the 2012-13 season (Dec. 11 through Jan. 20).
The Admirals winless skid was also extended to six games (0-5-1-0). The Admirals last win was Nov. 6 at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena against Iowa.
With a delayed-penalty coming against the Admirals, Manitoba pulled its goalie for an extra attacker. Reichel had the puck at the bottom of the left circle. He fired a wrist shot and was able to slip the puck inside the right post at 19:02 of the third period.
Manitoba improved to 8-0-0-0 when scoring the first goal of a game. The first tally came at 14:56 of the first period. Declan Chisholm received a pass in the left circle from behind the Admirals net and one-timed a shot into the cage for his first of the year.
The Moose made it 2-0 with a power play goal at 17:43 of the first period. Austin Poganski ripped a wrist shot from the right circle into the net for his third goal of the season.
Manitoba grabbed a 3-0 lead at 12:00 of the second period when Chisholm scored his second of the game with a slapshot from the right point.
Milwaukee finally got on the board after the Admirals forced a turnover at their own blue line. Cole Schneider skated along the left wing boards into the Moose zone. He fed a pass to Cody Glass, who was trailing in the slot. Glass sent a wrister over the glove of Moose goalie Arvid Holm at 15:52 of the second for his first goal of the season.
The Admirals made it 3-2 at 16:56 of the second frame when Matt Donovan intercepted a clearing attempt at the Moose blue line. He skated around the net and slid a pass to Graham Knott in the slot. Knott stick-handled past one defender and shot the puck over Holm’s glove for his first goal of the year.
Milwaukee tied the score with a power play goal at 9:17 of the third period. David Farrance fed a pass to Egor Afanasyev in the left circle. Afanasyev snapped the puck into the net for his third goal of the season. Farrance and Donovan had the assists.
Admirals goalie Connor Ingram stopped 32 shots in the loss.
The Admirals will remain in Winnipeg for one more game Sun., Nov. 21 against the Manitoba Moose. Milwaukee’s next home game is Wed., Nov. 24 against the Grand Rapids Griffins at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
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