After a bad game on Saturday, the Admirals followed it up with another poor outing Sunday evening, losing in the rematch to the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 in the land of the Roo.
Down 3-0 with five minutes left in the third period, Taylor Beck and Chris Mueller scored to make the final score look a lot closer than the game actually was. And then Taylor Beck took a boarding penalty with 59 seconds left to halt the rally prematurely.
Last night, Coach said they would need more desperation in their game coming out of the gate tonight. But what he got was minor penalties, and the team being outshot 18-7.
And again tonight — it wasn’t the skill players who scored for Rockford. It was Ryan Stanton, who scored his 2nd of the year (and 2nd against the Admirals in his last four games). Brandon Svendsen, who scored his third of the year. Rob Flick’s game winner was his third of the year.
Ground control to Kyle Wilson. Your circuit’s dead. There’s something wrong. Still just one assist for him in the season series against Rockford.
Coach Drulia used the word “passengers” when describing some of the players on the post-game show. It doesn’t matter what the coaches draw up for the gameplan if the guys on the ice are just along for the ride.
So yes, it’s an immensely disappointing weekend. And let’s frame this disappointment appropriately. The IceHogs aren’t your typical cellar-dweller team. They are the hottest team in the league right now not named the Norfolk Admirals. They have at least a point in nine of their last ten games. And Carter Hutton wasn’t manning the net the first two months of the season…if he was, who knows…they may be in first right now.
Despite the stinkers this weekend, the Admirals are only 6 points out of the playoffs with games in hand. Not unheard of. But they are running out of chances….even the optimist in me can see that. They can help themselves with four points next weekend against two out-of-division teams ahead of them in the standings.