Milwaukee Admirals @ Manitoba Moose Recap - Nov 21st
As the Milwaukee Admirals and the Manitoba Moose clash this afternoon for the 3rd straight game, the hometown squad were coming in with a 3 game winning streak on the line. The Moose have outscored the Admirals 10 to 5 in the past two games and hope to continue the offensive output today.
Coach Morrison has done well in getting his team to be consistently dangerous offensively, with the Moose putting 30+ shots on net in all 15 games played this season. They have also done well defensively, limiting opponents to an average of 22 shots on their goalie. Unfortunately, while they have reduced the amount of shots their goalies have to face each game, they are still giving up a high number of quality chances.
Manitoba has played well in November, with a record of 5-2-1 to date. Playing along side red-hot Cole Perfetti (if you haven't seen it yet, check out some impressive dangles in the comment section of the most recent FanPost) and David Gustafsson, Austin Poganski has been playing well this month, amassing 7 pts in 8 games (4 pts in the past 3 games).
The Moose are also getting scoring from all parts of their roster, with 20 different players picking up at least 1 goal. They have 9 skaters with point totals between 12 and 8:
12 pts: Gustafsson (15 games)
11 pts: Heinola (13)
10 pts: Perfetti (12) & Gawanke (15)
9 pts: Poganski (15) & Chisholm (15)
8 pts: Kovacevic (15), Maier (15), & Malott (15)
Ville Heinola & Leon Gawanke are both in the top 10 in AHL scoring for defensemen, with the Finn sitting in a tie for 5th and the German tied for 7th.
While both Mikhail Berdin and Arvid Holm have made some huge saves this year, their stats aren't great due to the amount of high danger chances Manitoba gives up on counter-attacks/turnovers. With a 2.56 team GAA and .888 save percentage, they certainly aren't in the running for the Baz Bastien Memorial Award or the Harry Holmes Memorial Award (AHL Best Goaltender & Best Goaltending Tandem respectively).
Manitoba will go with a 11 forward/7 defensemen look today, with Mikey Eyssimont coming out and Simon Lundmark drawing in. Berdin will get the start in net.
Moose Projected Line Up
1st Period Recap:
- A minute and a half into the game, the Admirals' Grimaldi skated the puck into the Manitoba end. On a 3 on 2, he cut into the middle in front of Kovacevic before wristing a quick shot from the low slot. With a man in front, Berdin couldn't make the save and Milwaukee took an early 1-0 lead.
- Admiral Goal: Grimaldi (2) from Davies (4)
- Shortly after, Malott got the Moose's first shot of the game from the low slot after a nice pass from Reichel. Connor Ingram was able to kick the shot out and Malott couldn't get his own rebound before it was cleared.
- A forecheck from Polei and Perfetti created a turnover when Reichel intercepted a pass near the blueline & tested Ingram again.
- After a strong push from Milwaukee to start the game, Manitoba was starting to get more of the possession as the game neared the midway point. Both teams were skating early in this game, resulting in rushes going back & forth.
- Moose spent a long period in the Admiral end with Heinola quarterbacking their efforts, as well as getting a shot on net. At the 10 minute mark, Manitoba was leading the shot count 8-2.
- Terrible turnover by Chisholm in his own end immediately led to a huge chance for Milwaukee - a quick shot from the low slot that flew over the crossbar.
- As Suess went hard in on a forecheck, he angered the Admirals' Tennyson and drew a roughing penalty. With 7 minutes left in the 1st, the Moose went to the PP in search of the tying goal.
- After briefly controlling the puck for a period that only resulted in blocked shots, Heinola dragged a Milwaukee player down to avoid giving up a SH breakaway. 4 on 4 hockey for just over a minute.
- Neither squad could create a scoring chance with the extra space and the Admirals went to a short PP.
- The Moose PK doesn't allow a shot short-handed, keeping their opponents out of their end for the most part.
- Milwaukee did a good job making it hard for Manitoba to carry the puck into the offensive zone during the final minutes of the period. A last second deflection from Malott that just went wide was the best scoring the Moose could manage during that span.
- The Moose were leading in shots (11-5), but with the 1st shot of the game beating Berdin, they found themselves trailing 1-0.
- Manitoba Shot Leaders: Lundmark (3)
2nd Period Recap:
- Kovacevic won a battle with Glass in the defensive corner and as he tried to skate away, he was tripped up. The Moose went to the PP for the second time 30 seconds into the 2nd period.
- Gustafsson tied up the center on the draw and Reichel came in to push the puck back to the point. Poganski quickly passed the puck to Heinola and he hammered a 1 timer by Ingram to tie the game at 1-1 just 42 seconds into the period.
- Moose Goal: Heinola (2) from Poganski (7) and Reichel (5) - PowerPlay
- 4th line with Perfetti centering put on pressure for a shift, couldn't manage a shot on net though.
- On an ugly play, the Admirals bounced a puck on net from the neutral zone. It hopped just in front of Berdin and hit him in the chest. Samberg went to corral the puck, but Berdin poked it off his stick as he also tried to take control of the rebound. Cole Schneider was gifted a goal as he skated in and put the puck into an open net.
- Admiral Goal: Schneider (7) from Grimaldi (1) and Glass (11)
- Less than a minute later, Manitoba totally blew their defensive coverage on a rush from Milwaukee. Donovan found himself the recipient of a pass in the mid-slot and snapped a shot by Berdin's blocker. The Admirals strike twice quickly to take a 3-1 lead.
- Admiral Goal: Donovan (2) from Davies (5) and Afanasyev (5)
- Manitoba drew a penalty and had about a minute of offensive zone time with the extra attacker, but couldn't find a goal. Eventually Milwaukee touched the puck after a player ran over Perfetti from behind. During the ensuing scrum, the Moose ended up being called for a penalty (Suess), sending the teams to 4 on 4.
- Perfetti & Gustafsson created a couple chances on the first shift, including one where Perfetti cut right in front of the net & was left dumbfounded as to how he didn't put it by Ingram. Berdin called on to make a glove save on a 2 on 1, as Samberg took away the passing lane.
- The penalized players returned to the ice with just under 10 minutes left, with the Moose holding a slight lead in shots (14-12).
- Polei fed a streaking Gawanke for a shot from 2 feet out, but Ingram was there to kick it out. Meireles just about reached the rebound, but it was cleared from danger.
- After a bad pass at the opponent's blueline by Malott was intercepted and the turnover ended with a Luff on a partial breakaway. A strong backcheck and stick lift by Malott stopped Luff from getting a shot off.
- Malott tipped a soft Oligny wrister in the slot and the puck ricocheted off Ingram's helmet & out of play.
- With just under 5 minutes to play, Samberg was caught interfering while trying to help a Moose break out.
- Manitoba did well keeping the Admirals out of their end for the opening minute. Milwaukee was able to control the puck for the later half, but were kept to the outer edges.
- Poganski tipped a point shot wide as the Moose put pressure on the shift following the PK.
- Good shift by the 4th line with Meireles pinned the Admirals in their end. Gawanke blasted a shot from the point that Ingram was able to deflect wide. The pressure resulted in a penalty to Milwaukee, giving Manitoba a chance to get back into the game.
- The Moose weren't able to get much done with the opening minute of PP time before the period ended. Manitoba trailed 3-1 after 2 periods, while coming out on top of the shots on net (19-14).
- Manitoba Shot Leaders: Lundmark/Gawanke (3), Kovacevic/Heinola/Malott (2)
3rd Period Recap:
- Due to unexpected circumstances, I was not able to continue watching the game. A combination of lack of time and an uninspired effort by the Moose in the game led me to not going back to watch the final period. Here's a brief outline of what happened.
- The Admirals scored first in the final frame with a five-on-three power play marker from Cole Smith. That pushed the Milwaukee lead to 4-1.
- The Moose fired back and received a shorthanded goal from Kristian Reichel. A rush by David Gustafsson ended with the puck on Reichel’s stick and he fired it home to pull the Moose within two at 5:42.
- With Manitoba on a late power play and pressing for a goal, the Admirals got a hold of the puck and iced the game with an empty netter from Grimaldi.
- The Moose fell in the weekend finale by a score of 5-2..
- Manitoba Shot Leaders: Gustafsson (5), Poganski/Lundmark/Gawanke (3)
- Final Score: Milwaukee 5 Manitoba 2
- Shots: Manitoba 31 Milwaukee 25
- Poganski got on the scoresheet to continue a 4 game point streak, while Reichel is on a 3 game streak.
- Going into the 3rd period, only 1 forward (Malott) had more than 1 shot on net.
- Manitoba did manage 30+ shots on net for the 16th straight game.
- 3 Stars of the Game:
- 1st: Rocco Grimaldi - Milwaukee (2 goals, 1 assist)
- 2nd: Connor Ingram - Milwaukee (29 of 31 shots stopped)
- 3rd: Kristian Reichel - Manitoba (goal, assist)
- 3rd straight game where Reichel was named 1 of the 3 stars of the game.
- Up Next: Texas Stars @ Manitoba Moose on Saturday, Nov 27th @ 2 PM CST.