Santa brought the Admirals a new power play for Chirstmas, apparently.
Milwaukee went 5-for-7 with the man-advantage, and dropped the Rockford IceHogs 7-3 Monday night at the Bradley Center. The win vaulted Milwaukee to 1st place in the division.
The last time the Admirals scored 5 power play goals in a game was March 1, 2008 at Chicago. Goals by Santorelli, Peverley, Laliberte, Ellison, and Niskala. The Ads won that game 6-4 behind Pekka Rinne in net.
It was a long break between games for the Admirals, but Coach Herbers liked the way they came out.
The Admirals were the first to put up a crooked number, and it came on the Mountain Fury Power Play. Scott Valentine got the puck to Teemu Laakso whos skated it into the near side circle and fired a shot that connected with all three pipes and in. Oddly, that wasnt the most impressive part. The impressive part is that he sniped it in where the smallest of openings was. If asked how he hit that “impossible” shot i am sure he would have said something like “I used to bullseye wombats in my T-16 back home, they’re not much bigger than [that opening].”
The second period had a light show, as 5 goals were scored in the stanza. The Ice Hogs got the show started when Jimmy Hayes put away a wide open goal off of a great pass from Rostislav Olesz, leaving Scott Ford in no-mans land. Ford did have a great view of the goal as he was doing his best Pete Rose impression towards the net.
The second goal came :58 later on what looked to be the very same play just with different actors. This one stared David Gilbert as “The Passer” and Ben Smith as “Light the Lamp-er”. Teemu Laakso played the role of “Scott Ford”, and Jerry Mathers as “The Beaver”, as the Ice Hogs took the lead 2-1.
That was all the Ice Hogs would get that frame, as the remainder of the second period belonged to the Admirals. It started with the Ads on the “2-Man Fury” and Mark Van Guilder getting the goal. At 11:08 Juuso Puustinen fired a shot on net form the slot that was initally stoped by Carter Hutton but MVG was there to pick up the loose change and cash in a goal. The tying goal was MVG’s 8th goal on the year.
The Fury kept flowing as it was Juuso Puustinen’s turn to light the lamp. 14:36 into the period with the Ice Hogs down a man, Victor Bartley and Gabriel Bourque played catch a couple times and then Bartley sent the puck over to Puustinen who fired a one timer that found its way though Hutton. The goal gave the Ads the lead and they kept the pedal down.
Exactaly one minute later with both teams at even strength, Gabriel Bourque was fighting for the puck down low and dished it a few feet to Ryan Flynn who was just behind the net. Flynn found MVG who was in front of the net took a stride to his right and fired a shot top side to beat Hutton for the second time in the game and gave the Ads the 4-2 lead.
Another 2-goal game for Van Guilder. We asked Coach the obligatory why-is-MVG-so-awesome question after the game.
The lightshow continued in the third period. At 6:51 Chris Mueller put the puck in the twine after a shot was fired from the slot that was stopped but not covered. Before Matt Moore could announce the goal the Admirals tacked another one on off of a redirect from Zack Stortini giving the Admirals a 6-2 lead and ending Hutton’s night. Alec Richards, his replacement, didnt stop the bleeding as Ryan Thang netted the Ads another Mountain Fury Power Play goal.
Byron Froese had a goal for the IceHogs during garbage time.
Apparently, Ryan Ellis was just holding the power play back this whole time. Here’s Coach Herbers on the power play unit.
– Jeff Foss was called up, and skated tonight with Tyler Sloan. We asked Coach about that pairing.
I thought he held his own pretty well.
– Ellis did debut tonight for the Preds against the Red Wings. He did not register a point. He was -1 defensively, two minutes of penalties, three shots, two blocked shots, and two hits, according to the box score. I cannot comment on how he played, as I was watching a more entertaining game here.
– What a great crowd! You’re all coming back on Wednesday okay? Also, did you notice they changed the warm-up music? I guess they can keep the new mix.
So what do you think? Is the power play fixed, or were they just fortunate tonight? Did you miss Ryan Ellis? Always enjoy the skating juggler? And other thoughts you’d like to share on the game?