ADMIRALS DOWN BARONS 8-2
By Jim Byers,
The Milwaukee Admirals broke open a one-goal game with three goals in the second-period on the way to an 8-2 win over the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
The eight goals by Milwaukee (three by Jusso Puustinen) were the most by an opponent in Barons’ club history, surpassing the old mark of seven. Milwaukee, which snapped three-game losing and six-game winless streaks, had totaled eight goals in its previous six games.
Ryan Martindale, scoring his third goal in the last four games, and Toni Rajala had the Barons’ goals, both on the power play in the third period.
The Admirals scored the only goal of the first period. Juuso Puustinen's shot from the right-wing faceoff circle beat Olivier Roy 5:56 into the contest.
After an Oklahoma City penalty 19 seconds into the second period, Austin Watson made it 2-0 with a steep angle goal 30 seconds later. Mark Van Guilder made it 3-0 with a shot from the right wing that beat Roy stick side and resulted in him being lifted for Tyler Bunz, who made his AHL debut. Roy (6-7-1) made 13 saves on 16 shots. Bunz stopped 10 of 15 shots in a no decision.
Brad Winchester's tip-in with 53.7 seconds left in the second period made it 4-0 after two. Martindale’s goal at 6:39 of the third made it 4-1, but Michael Latta countered 14 seconds later. Puustinen’s second on a rebound made it 6-1 at 7:32. Scott Valentine followed at 12:40 to make it 7-1. Puustinen completed his hat trick from in close at 16:40 before Rajala capped the scoring at 18:45.
Jeremy Smith improved to 14-14-3 in stopping a career-high 44 shots as the Barons out-shot the Admirals 46-29.
The Barons visit the Rockford IceHogs Saturday at 7:05 pm CST. The broadcast will be on KXY 96.1 FM.
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