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2022 Calder Cup Playoffs

Admirals Hunt Moose, Win With Late Tallies

Admirals Hunt Moose, Win With Late Tallies

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Cross-border play in the 2022 Calder Cup Central Division Semifinals brings hopes of a game without cross-contamination. When the Milwaukee Admirals went Moose hunting against Manitoba on Friday, both quickly discovered that this had to be a best of five where both teams had to play their own game. They also found that hockey is a game of bounces, inches, and sometimes late go-ahead goals are the catalyst to victory. On Friday night, that was the case with the Admirals defeating the Manitoba Moose 3-2.

Game On

By the time the first 20 had passed, you could tell it would be a tight contest. The Admirals had great puck possession in the early going, and for the first eight minutes, they seemingly had Manitoba hemmed in their zone.

But, once the Moose broke out of their funk, that was when you could see the wheels come into motion. Good passing in the offensive zone, pressure in deep, and quality shots. While 20 minutes solved nothing score-wise, it was too early to tell how the game would go. Let alone how the series was going to finish.

The second period showed us hockey is a game of one shot being able to change it all. On a missed defensive assignment, that’s when the game can shift, and that’s how the game got its first goal.

With a juicy rebound, Brayden Burke was in the right place at the right time and created the holy grail of net-front chances. Six feet of the net were in his sight. The goal slid past Mikhail Berdin with less than four minutes to go in the second.

But hockey is also a game of sometimes being in the right place at the right time. When the puck hit his windshield wiper for the tying goal, C.J. Suess was parked in front with the meter running. While it was a tough bounce for starter Devin Cooley, he was playing economic hockey.

At the Horn

Maybe one of the latest goals I’ve seen in a long time; a buzzer-beater with only three-tenths of a second to go in the middle frame. A long-range knuckled fooled Berdin, and Matt Donovan was credited with the tally.

But, heading into the last 40, you could tell there was a slight advantage to the Moose, who pounded 27 shots through two periods. 17 of those came in the second frame.

Just 46 seconds of playing time later, the Moose received their second goal of the game with a marker from Declan Chisholm. The playoff rookie already had a helper from the last goal when he took a laser of a shot, sniping it past Cooley.

With 4:07 left in the third period, a breakaway opportunity was all money. Tommy Novak created the time and space, and Cole Schneider became the open man for the go-ahead goal late in the game. Berdin looked defeated following the goal; to that point, the Moose was creeping up on 40 shots on net, almost double of the Admirals.

The final shots tallied 42-21 for Milwaukee, but it was a game where the Manotba had the advantage, but the Admirals had the goaltending. The Moose discovered that hockey is a game of bounces, inches, and sometimes late go-ahead goals.

The former ECHL starter went from AAA hockey to 40/42 saves in the payoffs.

Up Next

Game two of the best-of-five series between the Admirals and Moose will take place at 6:00 p.m. Central Time at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

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    Zack Power covers the Toronto Marlies for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @FPHMarlies.

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