Smitty leads Ads to much needed win in Rockford

Photo Courtesy of Rockford IceHogs.com

Photo Courtesy of Rockford IceHogs.com

Jeremy Smith got his first start in four games, and he made the most of it playing with noticeable swagger.

The Admirals rebounded from a disappointing 5-1 home loss Friday, beating the IceHogs 3-2.

Smitty got some help from a rare 2-0 first period lead, as the offense came out of the gates strong.

Brad Winchester got the Ads on the board 7:57 into the first period after Chris Mueller poked the puck lose in the IceHogs’ slot. Mueller found a wide open Winchester who was able to reach out and sneak it past Henrik Karlsson.

About six minutes later Daniel Bang grabbed his fifth goal of the season to put Milwaukee up 2-0. Winchester again made a great play, feeding Bang with a no-look backhanded pass, that Bang snuck under the right leg of Karlsson.

The Admirals finished the period with the lead in the shots category, outshooting Rockford 14-6. The quick start kept the pressure off Smitty, as he went on to stop 22 total IceHog shots.

Late in the second period, Patrick Cehlin continued to produce picking up his second goal in as many days after failing to score since Dec. 9th.

Cehlin beat Karlsson over his right shoulder with a nice wrister from the right circle to give the Ads their most commanding lead in over a month with a 3-0 advantage.

Milwaukee would need all of that cushion as less than a minute later Kyle Beach cut the deficit right back to two goals.

The IceHogs closed the gap even further 13:24 into the final period when Martin St. Pierre hit Jimmy Hayes at the at the left circle for a one-timer.

Smitty was able to hold on and earn the win, getting the Ads a crucial two points in a location that’s been tough on them in the past.

Notes:

With the win the Ads are now three points behind Lake Erie for the eighth spot in the Western conference.

The Ads went 0 for 5 on the power play, but were able to hold off all five of Rockford’s power play attempts.

Winchester and Bang each led the team with four shots on net, and each picked up big goals  to get the Admirals a rare cushion.

Questions:

The Ads were able to rally around Jeremy Smith, giving him a nice early cushion to work with, and he responded with a solid showing in net.

Do you think the recent competition with Hellberg and time on the bench was what Smitty needed to elevate his game?

Would you give Smitty the Sunday start?

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7 Responses to Smitty leads Ads to much needed win in Rockford

  1. Do the Admirals have the worst power play in the AHL. I was at the game Friday night and they put up their power play stat and it was 10 per cent. I wonder how many games they might have won if their power play was better.

  2. First timer says:

    Who cares how it ranks amongst the other teams? It is ineffective and needs to be overhauled. Minor tweaks haven’t worked. Wholesale change is in order for it. I am still impressed with the tenders. Some of their saves have been amazing.

  3. Ryan says:

    Lake Erie lost. Chicago lost. Abbotsford lost. That certainly helps.

  4. Ryan says:

    Liambas didn’t play and MacLellan was recalled from Cincy. Wonder if Liambas is suffering from some after-effects of that nasty hit in Lake Erie.

  5. Goon says:

    Where was Liambas last night ?

  6. CreedFeed says:

    Hopefully it’s nothing serious for Liambas. He’s been a positive spark on this team.

    After Nashville lost again last night, the Preds bloggers are going ape $#!t for Poile to shake up their roster. They’ve only scored 7 goals in their last 6 games!! Hopefully any shakeups don’t affect us too much. I’m not sure what Poile can do… they have a stockpile of D now, but I just don’t see Poile trading away any more top draft picks + a prospect for a top line forward. Do they even have any draft picks left :-/

  7. Ouch! says:

    Just an FYI: Milwaukee’s power play is ranked 29th out of 30 at 10.4%. Only Hamilton is below us at 10.1%

    Slim pickings, those.

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