Cole Schneider dished out four assists to help the Milwaukee Admirals defeat the Cleveland Monsters 5-4 Saturday at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
The victory was Milwaukee’s second in a row. It’s just the second time this season the Admirals have won two straight. Milwaukee improved to 7-12-1-0 on the season.
Milwaukee built a 3-0 lead in a span of 4:02 in the first period. Matt Luff started the scoring with a deflection of a Schneider shot at 10:52. The goal, Luff’s seventh of the season, was assisted by Schneider and Graham Knott.
Milwaukee’s second goal came at 12:23. The Admirals crossed the Cleveland line with a 3-on-2 advantage. Joseph LaBate slid a pass to Kole Sherwood on the right wing. Sherwood ripped a low wrist shot past the goalie for his first goal as an Admiral (second of the season in the American Hockey League). LaBate and Schneider were awarded the assists.
The Ads took the 3-0 advantage at 14:54 when Mitch McLain buried a rebound of an Egor Afanasyev stuff attempt. It was McLain’s fifth tally of the year. Afanasyev and Schneider earned the helpers.
The Monsters got on the board at 17:05 of the first period when Trey Fix-Wolansky stole the puck in the right wing corner of the Ads zone, drove to the net and slid a backhander across the goal line.
Cleveland made it 3-2 with a 5-on-3 power play goal just 24 seconds into the second frame. Emil Bemstrom’s shot from the left circle sailed into the net.
The Monsters tied the score at 3-3 thanks to Justin Scott’s fourth goal of the season at 2:28 of the second period.
The Admirals reclaimed the lead with a power play goal at 12:24 of the second period. Jeremy Davies shot the puck from the middle of the blue line and it was deflected from the slot by Cole Smith. Smith’s goal was his fifth of the year. It was also his third power play marker. Davies and Rocco Grimaldi picked up the assists.
Milwaukee made it 5-3 at 5:21 of the third period when Joseph LaBate scored his third goal of the season. It was his 50th career AHL goal. Freddy Allard and Schneider recorded the assists.
Cleveland closed the scoring when Josh Dunne slapped a puck from the goal mouth into the net at 9:51 of the final frame.
Admirals goalie Connor Ingram stopped 37 shots to earn the victory.
The Admirals return home Fri., Dec. 10 to host the Iowa Wild at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
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