Penalty Kill Sinks The Ship Again; Ads Lose 2-1

With news coming out today that Michael Latta suffered a broken bone (in arm or wrist) while blocking a shot in Cleveland on Thursday night, center Aaron Marvin was signed to a PTO contract in time for today’s game against Rockford.

Good pick.  Because if he hadn’t been called up, the Admirals may have been shutout.

Marvin scored the first goal of the game, but then Brandon Pirri scored a pair of power play goals, and that was all the IceHogs needed to defeat the Admirals 2-1.

Add Latta’s name to the list of the walking wounded.  Also out:  Blake Geoffrion, Taylor Beck, and Tyler Sloan.

Milwaukee hadn’t played since Thursday, and the IceHogs were finishing their third game in three days.  Actually was a pretty good week for the IceHogs — four games, four wins….including a pair against the Wolves.

These were two points the Admirals needed to get.

Both of Pirri’s goals were from about the same spot….the right face-off dot.  Perhaps a credit to the special teams gameplan for the IceHogs, getting Jeremy Smith moving from right to left in the crease.

Pirri has officially reached “nemesis” status.  In his three games against the Admirals this season, he has 4 goals and 2 assists.

Marvin deflected a shot from Jon Blum for his first of the season.  The new guy had been playing for the Chicago Express of the ECHL, where his counting stats were 8 goals and 13 assists in 32 games.  If his name sounds familiar…he participated in Milwaukee’s training camp at the start of the season.

The Admirals were unable to score on their 3 power play chances tonight, ending their streak of games with at least one power play goal at 8 games.  Meanwhile, the PK — still an issue.  Rockford scored on 2 of their 5 chances.

The Admirals sent a parade to the penalty box in the second period, giving the IceHogs four power play chances in that period alone.

The Ads will conclude their 4-game road trip Tuesday morning (!) when they visit the Peoria Rivermen.  10am opening face-off.

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