Game Recap: Moose 5 at Milwaukee 1
Manitoba Moose (31-10-3-2) at Milwaukee Admirals (21-20-3-3)
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – UW-Wisconsin Panther Arena, Milwaukee, WI
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||59:49||37||36|
|Milwaukee Admirals||Anders Lindback||51:43||37||32|
|Milwaukee Admirals||Jake Paterson||8:15||5||5|
|1||11:30||MB||N. Petan (12)||ES||1-0 MB|
|2||7:56||MIL||E. Pettersson (10)||F. Gaudreau (11)||ES||1-1|
|2||14:54||MB||J. Lipon (10)||M. Spacek (13)||J. Melchiori (10)||ES||2-1 MB|
|2||18:08||MB||S. Niku (9)||P. Cormier (14)||PP||3-1 MB|
|3||1:00||MB||B. Lemieux (12)||S. Niku (23)||PP||4-1 MB|
|3||11:43||MB||B. Sutter (4)||S. Niku (24)||D. Kramer (1)||ES||5-1 MB|
Saturday night, the Manitoba Moose (31-10-3-2) continued their six-game road swing with the first of two games against the Milwaukee Admirals (21-20-4-0). Before the action, the Admirals held a ceremony for Milwaukee forward Bobby Butler, who’ll represent the U.S.A. at the upcoming Olympics. Once the puck was down, a tight-checking game began with the teams exchanging successful penalty kills in the early going. Nic Petan opened the scoring with a breakaway goal in similar fashion to the overtime winner he scored last night. The Admirals responded with some solid chances of their own, but Eric Comrie stood tall and held Milwaukee off the scoreboard through the first 20 minutes.
The Admirals finally solved Comrie at the 7:56 mark in the middle frame when a errant pass turned into a three-on-one opportunity for Milwaukee with Emil Pettersson finishing the play off. Milwaukee got into penalty trouble, and JC Lipon took the lead back with his 10th just after Manitoba’s fourth man advantage ended. The goal came off a Julian Melchiori shot that was tipped in the slot by Michael Spacek leading to the rebound that found Lipon. The Admirals parade to the penalty box continued and Sami Niku scored the first special teams marker of the game, his seventh powerplay goal of the season. Manitoba had several more quality chances in the last five minutes of the period drawing a sixth penalty with just over one minute remaining.
As that powerplay ended, Brendan Lemieux sent a wrist shot through traffic and past Lindback. Niku had the only assist on the Lemieux goal, making it his eighth multi-point game of the season. Niku found the scoresheet again at the 11:43 mark with a pass that found Brody Sutter alone in the slot. Sutter scored his fourth of the campaign pushing the lead to four Eric Comrie shut things down the rest of the way for the 5-1 victory, his fifth win in his last six starts.
- Brendan Lemieux has a goal in each of the last three games.
- Sami Niku scored five points (1G, 4A) in the the back-to-back games this weekend.
- Nic Petan has at least a point in six straight games (3G, 7A)
- The Moose have scored five or more goals in a game nine times this season.
- Attendance was announced at 8,387.
The Moose will stay in Milwaukee after tonight’s game, until the two teams face-off again on Tuesday. You can catch that one on moosehockey.com/listenlive and the Manitoba Moose App with puck drop at 7 p.m. (CT).