Vigilante Brothers Face Off For First Time

By Lindsay Kramer Correspondent

It’s an easy, but obvious, shot to take, kind of like when you’re lining up an empty-net goal: When Milwaukee visits Manitoba for a pair of games this weekend, Vigilante justice will be in the air.

As in Admirals forward John Vigilante looking to square things with his older brother, Mike, a forward with the Moose who has played in the ECHL in each of his six professional seasons including the last three with Gwinnett.

The two met as foes for the first time at any level of competitive hockey when their teams squared off Nov. 2. John got two assists, but Manitoba won, 6-3. The next day, Mike e-mailed that score to John as a reminder.

“I think everyone in our hometown (of Dearborn, Mich.) knows the score of the game right now,’’ John said.

John and Mike took a few shifts against each other, and John claimed he beat Mike clean as a whistle on a faceoff.

“You don’t really think about it much, but he skates by and you see ‘Vigilante’ on the back,’’ John said. “I skated by him in warm-ups and stared him down a little bit. He just looked over and smiled. I was never really around him to hit him (during the game), but if he was there I would have gone for him.’’

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