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Milwaukee Musings: Opening Weekend is in the books

Two points down.

Milwauke v. Texas - Oct. 6
Texas Stars

Throughout the 2018-19 season, Rachel (@_RKH80) and I will provide weekly discussion and analysis on the Milwaukee Admirals as we continue to expand our organizational coverage. Keep your eyes peeled for game tape breakdown, lineup changes, and further notes.

The Milwaukee Admirals kicked off their season on Saturday visiting the Texas Stars and walked away with an overtime victory in new head coach Karl Taylor’s first game.

Headlines & Standings

AHL Central Div. Standings as of 10/8
  • Jarred Tinordi was named the Admirals captain on Thursday. While he’s been with the organization for mere months, Tinordi becomes the 16th captain in Admirals history.
  • Eeli Tolvanen picked up his first point of his North American professional career against Texas.
  • Nick Baptiste scored his first goal as a member of the Predators organization. He was assisted by Justin Kirkland and Tolvanen.
  • Matt Donovan and Connor Brickley wore A’s on Saturday evening as Tinordi skated in his first game as the Admirals captain.

Weekly Game Recap

October 6: Milwaukee Admirals @ Texas Stars

10/6 box score

Rocco Grimaldi scored the gamewinner at 2:04 of the overtime frame.

The Texas Stars opened the scoring in the first period with a goal from Dillon Heatherington. Grimaldi sprung Anthony Richard for a breakaway goal to tie the game right before time expired in the first.

Colin Blackwell notched Milwaukee’s second goal of the game at 3:05 of the second period.

New Admiral Nick Baptiste put Milwaukee up two goals early in the third. Niklas Hansson pulled Texas within one about midway through the period, and the Stars were able to tie the game after pulling goaltender Colton Point for an extra attacker.

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Anthony Richard: Rachel pointed out that Richard can fly, and you saw it often on Saturday night.

His breakaway speed and finish on this goal is impressive. Furthermore, notice his excellent pass and awareness to set up the game-winner:

Filip Pyrochta: Pyrochta looked sharp and energetic most of the night. It seems Carrier received most of the tough assignments, but—at this rate—I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pyrochta and Lyytinen step up to the plate more.

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Matt Donovan: As Rachel puts it, “Donovan looked pretty terrible all night.”

His breakout passes weren’t crisp, and he wasn’t skating with much urgency to advance possession up ice. He hasn’t played in the AHL since 2016, but the SHL in Sweden is no cakewalk. It’s one game, so I’m not panicking, and I don’t expect him to be pulled from the lineup any time soon.

Troy Grosenick: Grosenick also seemed fairly passive most of the night. The first of his three goals-against was rather unspectacular as seen below:

Carrier definitely could have challenged the scorer more, but still. The second and tying goals by the Stars weren’t completely on Grosenick, but were a result of the defense (Donovan and Tinordi) staring at the puck.

Final Thoughts

The Admirals have a game against San Antonio on Tuesday before returning home to face the Hershey Bears on Saturday. They play at Rockford on Sunday on the second half of a back-to-back. Expect to see backup Thomas McCollum in net at some point next weekend.