For the second straight night, the Admirals were able to keep their opponent scoreless after 40 minutes. But after Rockford tied the game at 1 with 3:47 left to play, the IceHogs scored on three of their four shootout attempts, while the Admirals didn’t get any past Carter Hutton, and the IceHogs skated away with the 2-1 win.
Atte Engren stopped 35 of 36 shots and deserved a better fate. Hutton stopped 23 of 24.
Jani Lajunen got the Admirals on the board first, after he intercepted a pass from Joe Lavin at the far circle in the offensive zone. With his proceeding goal, it gave Lajunen a point in four straight games, as he continues his very strong play, especially in on the forecheck.
That 1-0 lead held up for most of the rest of the game, but Brandon Bollig put a rebound in off of Engren with 3:47 left in the third.
In overtime, Jon Blum took a tripping penalty just 53 seconds into the extra period after he failed to clear the zone. But the PK was strong late in the game, as it was the whole game. The Ads killed off all six IceHog power plays.
On the flip-side, the Ads were 0-6 on their own power plays, including some time on a 5-on-3, and a 4-minute power play in the start of the 3rd period that came up empty.
Ads were out-shot 37-24 tonight. They were out-shot by 9 last night. Out-shot by 19 in their two games in Oklahoma City last weekend. Quite the burden being put on their goaltenders, and Smitty and Engren have done a nice job. But the offense needs to pick it up and make the most of their shots. One goal isn’t going to cut it most nights.
Still, good to get a point, and if they take down the San Antonio Rampage tomorrow, it’d make for a successful weekend. 5 out of 6 points would be nice. Teemu Laakso will likely still be out tomorrow, and we’ll see how Scott Ford is feeling in the morning….he didn’t make the trip tonight as he’s fighting a flu-bug.
So the Rampage tomorrow. It’ll be their 10th game of an 11 game road trip. They’ll also be playing their third game in three days, after two 2-1 wins over Peoria tonight and last night. Former Admiral Dov Grumet-Morris was in net on Friday, Jacob Markstrom was in net tonight….so we’ll see who gets the green light tomorrow afternoon. We may also see former Admirals Nolan Yonkman, Bracken Kearns, and Wacey Rabbit.
I know a lot of you made the trip to Rockford tonight….how did it look? Was Engren as sharp as Aaron Sims’ cell phone made it sound? (if you didn’t know, there were some technical issues in the press box). How dumb was the Blum penalty in OT? Do you feel confident saying that the penalty kill is now off of life-support?