Four straight unanswered goals scored by the Milwaukee Admirals, and some lumpy starting goaltending from Laurent Brossoit led to a sound victory by the Admirals on Friday night. The sloppiness of the youthful Barons squad again got the best of them, and the road trip through the Midwest kicks off with a 5-2 loss.
The most recent start for Brossoit was pretty solid despite giving up five goals in the game. It was labeled as such because his blue line had no protection, and neither did his goal mouth. Thus I defended his high GAA vehemently. Another game, more awkward defense from OKC, and a world of penalty trouble again led Brossoit towards a high number of allowed goals. It also earned him another loss.
In the first period the Admirals owned the offensive zone battle. Colton Sissons and Mark Van Guilder scored a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of play to quickly put the Barons in a hole. The defensive missteps on both goals were just awful, and would form the bedrock of the entire night’s performance. A pointless Travis Ewanyk fight, and two goofy penalties from Steve MacIntyre (a rough and an elbow) kept the Barons on their heels for the first twenty minutes.
The good news for OKC was that they were good on the PK, and seemed to put double digit shot totals on Milwaukee goaltender Justin Darling. However, penalties and two really ugly goals let in by the defense forced a mistake riddled first period on the team from OKC.
Milwaukee would again score a pair of goals including one on the power play in the early minutes of a period to take an overwhelming 4-0 lead. Linus Omark would take two tripping penalties in the same period, but that wasn’t the entire story. Oklahoma City only mustered four shots on net, and with the Ads surging on Brossoit, the Barons would switch tenders following four goals allowed. Ty Rimmer would enter the game, but the damage had been done.
With a four goal lead heading into the final period, it was clear that the Barons would have to take chances to muster some resemblance of life offensively. Linus Omark would score his twelfth goal of the season on a dandy unassisted chance to inch his squad towards redemption. Brad Hunt, quarterbacking the power play, would notch another goal. Time ran out for OKC, and the Admirals would seal the deal on a Kevin Henderson goal.
The 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Admirals was not the best way to start the Midwest road trip. Brossoit seems to be in trouble just a bit, and Ty Rimmer looked solid in a mop up role. Rimmer likely gets the start on Saturday, and cross your fingers that the team shows up.