Wednesday night was hockey night at the UWM Panther Arena. While it may not have the appeal of the Packers-Bears or Brewers-Cubs, the city rallied with the Milwaukee Admirals to defeat the Chicago Wolves and live to see another day in pursuit of the AHL Calder Cup. After beating the Manitoba Moose three games to two earlier in the month, the Admirals now have to go through their Central Division rivals who led the division with an impressive 50-16-5-5 record.
Captain Cole Schneider and company entered the night after two games and faced elimination after losing a pair at Rosemont, but after upsetting the Moose in their first-round game, the Admirals were ready to go. minding business while at home with the hope of next stealing one in Illinois to upset Wolves for the Central Division Final. Fortunately, the first part of their plan came true when the home side won Game 3 with a final score of 4-2, forcing a Game 4 on Friday night.
Check out some of our favorite footage from the Admirals Wednesday night playoff game against the Chicago Wolves:
Goaltender Devin Cooley spearheaded the Admirals’ playoff game, making 47 saves on 49 shots. To make things even better for the goalkeeper, he did it all on his birthday in front of a home crowd.
Cody Glass had an assist (“apple” in the hockey community) on three of the Milwaukee Admirals’ four goals Wednesday night. They weren’t cheap either, as his three assists were primary and during the Admirals’ power plays.
Wednesday was noticeably different for the Admirals at home than the first two games in Chicago, thanks in part to the thousands of fans who showed up at UWM Panther Arena to cheer on their home hockey team.
Wolves RW Stefan Noesen made one hell of a mistake when he collided with Devin Cooley with around five minutes left in the second half. About half a minute later, the Admirals converted the Wolves goalkeeper interference penalty into a goal for the good guys.
Chicago Wolves goalkeeper Alex Lyon has been incredible in the Calder Cup playoffs so far, allowing less than two goals per game heading into Wednesday night. However, last night wasn’t at its best as the Minnesota native doubled that impressive stat, allowing four goals against the Admirals. Lyon didn’t have much help though, as three of the four goals came from the penalty spot.
The Admirals lit the lamp four times throughout the game as the home crowd went crazy over their team’s trademark cowbells. When you combine stellar goalkeepers and can put four of them on the board, you’ll always have a good chance of winning.
Wolves couldn’t force the Admirals to walk the plank on Wednesday night, so the team lives to see another day and will meet Chicago again at home for a Friday Night game this weekend. If the Admirals can pick up another win at home, they’ll just have to steal one on the road to advance to the next round in pursuit of the Calder Cup.