Missing starting goaltender Drew MacIntyre was not an issue for the Milwaukee Admirals as they scored three times in both the second and third periods to post a 6-2 win at the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, completing an NHL/AHL sweep for the Preds organization on the day. The NHL squad shut out Minnesota 1-0 at Sommet Center.
With the win, Milwaukee improved to 4-1-0 in its last five games.
Defenseman Alexander Sulzer paced the Admirals attack with two goals and three points for his third consecutive multi-point outing. Rookie forward Ryan Jones netted his fifth goal in seven AHL games early in the third period.
Rookie goaltender Mark Dekanich got the start in net and turned aside 31 shots for the win, improving to 4-2 on the season.
Toronto opened the scoring with an even strength goal in the final minute of the first period, however Sulzer connected on a power-play goal early in the second period to tie the score. After Toronto re-gained the lead at 2-1, the Admirals took over. Nick Spaling
tied the score at 2-2 with his fouth goal of the season and Sulzer netted his second power-play marker of the game at the 19:48 mark of the middle period to givet the Admirals the lead for good.
Jones scored early in the third period to push the Milwaukee lead to 4-2. Mike Santorelli and Andreas Thuresson scored 52 seconds apart in the middle stages of the third to exend the Admirals lead up to 6-2. Santorelli finished the game with one goal and two assists. Cal O'Reilly added three assists, as well.
Sulzer has seven points in his last three games to improve to 16 points in 21 games this season, tied for third in the AHL in points by a defenseman. Jones has four goals and six points with a +5 plus/minus rating and two game-winning goals in his last four games played. Despite only playing in seven AHL games, Jones already ranks among the league leaders in game-winning goals. Jones finished his NCAA career last season with 21 career game-winning goals, second most in NCAA history.