The Milwaukee Admirals’ quest for a Calder Cup title ended Monday night in a 4-3 loss against the Coachella Valley Firebirds on the road. They put themselves in a hole from the opening faceoff, and it wouldn’t be easy with them being in a hostile environment against a great hockey team.
This is the first year that Coachella Valley is in existence, and they are the Minor League affiliate of the Seattle Kraken. The Firebirds have a ton of offense and could very well be the favorites to beat the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup Finals.
Milwaukee Admirals Eliminated From Calder Cup Playoffs
It was a very good run for the Milwaukee Admirals, but they came up a bit short. On this night, they had some goal-scoring, but the goaltending couldn’t slow down their offensive firepower. In the first period, the Coachella Valley Firebirds struck twice, with goals scored by Alexander True and Ryker Evans.
In the second period, the Milwaukee Admirals finally got on the board with a goal scored by Michael McCarron. Later in the frame, the Admirals gave up a goal, and it was scored by Tye Kartye. Kartye is one of the highly-rated prospects in the Seattle Kraken farm system.
Egor Afanasyev cut the deficit to 3-2 at the beginning of the third period for the Milwaukee Admirals. A few minutes later, Kartye scored for the second time in this hockey game for the Coachella Firebirds. Kiefer Sherwood scored for the Admirals with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, but that was their last hope.
Devin Cooley started in-net, once again for Milwaukee, but he was very shaky with only 17 saves. Cooley got the start once again in this series over Yaroslav Askarov. It will be very interesting to see what happens with these two goalies in the offseason. Will Askarov compete for a backup spot for the Nashville Predators in training camp, or will he need more time to develop with the Milwaukee Admirals? It remains to be seen.
Joey Daccord recorded 29 saves for the Coachella Valley Firebirds. He has been very good for them in these Calder Cup Playoffs. It was a fun season for the Milwaukee Admirals, and they have nothing to be ashamed of.