Saturday night was a big night for Admirals captain Mike Moore and an even bigger night for exorcising some of last season’s demons.
As Ads fans know, the Rockford Icehogs have been a historically tough out for Milwaukee, and before Saturday night’s game Rockford had owned a nine-game win streak in the series.
The suspension of last week’s player of the week, Kyle Beach, earlier that day put the Admirals in prime position to end that streak.
Jeremy Smith stopped 24 of 26 shots against him while the now rolling Admirals offense snuck four goals past Alec Richards.
Milwaukee quickly got on the board first when Chris Mueller scored his fifth goal of the season 1:54 into the game. Daniel Bang and Taylor Beck got the assists.
Rockford tied it up about halfway through the period when Brandon Pirri tallied his sixth score of the season.
The rest of the scoring for the game took place in the second period, as Milwaukee built a three-goal lead.
Moore scored two goals within four minutes, with Patrick Cehlin getting both primary assists.
Jeremy Morin added a goal for the Icehogs at 13:07, but Smith held strong in the third period stopping all of Rockford’s last nine shots.
The Admirals penalty kill again played to its top-five status, and the team played a more disciplined game overall collecting only four penalties. That’s a tough feat against a team like Rockford, as last season’s matchups were chippy to say the least.
The win was a great way to end a successful weekend for the Admirals as they started off both of their biggest Illinois rivalry series with wins. What’s more, the team has built substantial momentum offensively heading into two games against arguably the best team in the country, the Oklahoma City Barons.