David Gustafsson scored a pair of goals to help the Manitoba Moose to a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals Thursday at Canada Life Centre.
The loss gives the Admirals six straight defeats on the road to start the season, which sets a new franchise record. The previous record was five consecutive losses in 2000-01, the team’s last season in the International Hockey League (IHL). The six-game losing streak, in games decided without overtime or a shootout, ties a franchise American Hockey League (AHL) mark 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 and Moose played a scoreless first period, but that changed in the second as Manitoba zoomed to a 4-0 advantage.
The first goal for the Moose came after a couple Admirals turnovers. The first turnover occurred at Milwaukee’s blue line. The puck went toward goalie Connor Ingram who slapped it away but onto the stick of Manitoba’s Mikey Eyssimont. Eyssimont slid a pass to the left circle for Nicholas Jones to bury into an empty net at 8:23.
Manitoba made it 2-0 at 14:06 of the second frame. After a long time of possession in the Admirals zone, Cole Perfetti steered a Leon Gawanke pass into the goal from the slot.
The score moved to 3-0 at 15:07 of the second period when C.J. Suess caught the Admirals on a line change and scored on a breakaway from the Admirals blue line.
Manitoba added another at 17:31 of the second stanza. Perfetti drove into the Ads left circle and dropped a pass for the trailer, Austin Poganski. Poganski took a couple strides to the goal and flipped a shot past the left hand of Ingram.
Ingram was replaced for the third period by goalie Devin Cooley. That’s when Gustafsson scored both his goals. The first came on the power play at 7:23.
Milwaukee finally broke through with a goal at 8:59 of the third period. Matt Luff fired a wrist shot into the net from the right circle for his fourth goal of the season. Jeremy Davies and Winnipeg native Cody Glass picked up the assists.
Admirals forward Rocco Grimaldi scored his first goal of the season at 17:34 of the third period to close the gap to 5-2. Cole Schneider and Freddy Allard recorded the helpers. The assist for Schneider was his 450th career AHL point.
Gustafsson scored another goal with a shot from the slot at 18:06 to close the scoring.
Manitoba outshot the Admirals 36-24.
The Admirals will remain in Winnipeg for games Fri., Nov. 19 and 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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