As great as it felt at the Bradley Center Saturday night when the Admirals shutout Chicago 6-0, the Wolves got their revenge Wednesday night, dropping the Admirals 5-2 in Rosemont.
This also clinched the Amtrak Rivalry trophy for the Wolves again.
Turning point of the game? Probably the third Chicago goal. Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, the Admirals started the final frame with 1:35 of power play time, but could not “Fury The Fury”. And then 8 seconds after the penalty expired, Anton Rodin scored his second goal of the game to extend the Chicago lead — a goal that went off of Jeremy Smith’s glove and into the net.
Still trailing by two in the waning minutes of the game, two empty net goals sandwiched a Kevin Henderson jam into the net with 1:55 left.
Taylor Beck opened the scoring with a power play goal 9:48 into the game that went off the right arm of Chicago goalie Eddie Lack, bounced down to the ice and then over the line. Jordan Schroeder tied it around 6 minutes later. But then the Wolves scored with less than a minute left in the period, as a pass from Roden bounced off of a back-checking Kevin Henderson, and past Smitty.
– Kevin Henderson, Ben Ryan, and Jeff Foss all suited up tonight…meaning that Michael Latta, Brodie Dupont, and Scott Valentine were all banged up. Ryan, who played very well against Chicago on Saturday night, was involved in the play that Henderson scored on late in the game, but also took stick infraction penalties at 11:28 and 14:02 of the second period. Fortunately, the PK for Milwaukee was strong, as they killed off all three Wolf power plays.
– Peoria also won….they came from behind to top 1st place Oklahoma City 4-3 in overtime. Down 3-0 with two minutes left to go in the second period, the Rivermen scored three power play goals, including a power play marker from new-guy Patrick O’Sullivan in overtime. So both the Rivermen and Wolves extend their lead in the division standings. Not ideal.
– So now it’s back to the drawing board to try and figure out how to beat the IceHogs in a home-and-home series this weekend. 2-4-0-1 is Milwaukee’s current record against Rockford. We sweep, then that record looks better. They sweep, they’re a point behind us in the standings. Yikes.
So Roundtable……are these “must win” games this weekend? Are all games “must win” at this point? Is “must win” an overused sports cliche? Why do you think the Admirals have such a hard time with Rockford? Milwaukee is one of only three teams the IceHogs have a winning record against (5-1-0-1)….the others being Grand Rapids (3-0-0-1), and Houston (1-0).