It was a fairly wacky hockey game last night. The Admirals won 3-2 over the Toronto Marlies. All goals scored by the Ads were from the power-play – which had eleven opportunities on the man-advantage thanks to an ill-tempered Marlies team. It could have been a blow out for the Ads last night. Instead it was a one-goal game with the Marlies pressing hard with an extra attacker on for the final minute of the game. Fortunately for the Ads – they skated off with the win regardless of just how many “shoulda, woulda, coulda” moments were had on the power-play. The win, combined with a Chicago Wolves loss to the Utica Comets last night, pushed the Ads back into second place in the Midwest Division.
As always, after the game I spoke with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. I also caught up with Miikka Salomaki and Marek Mazanec. Here is what they had to say after the game.
Dean Evason describes the game:
Evason on the Admirals’ fast start:
Evason talks about the power-play filled third period:
Evason’s thoughts on the boarding hit Scott Ford received:
Evason sheds light on why he scratched Kevin Henderson:
Evason gives an update on Magnus Hellberg and Scott Darling:
Miikka Salomaki on the importance of power-play success in the win:
Salomaki describes his first two-goal performance of the year:
Fun Fact: Marek Mazanec played last night’s game feeling sick:
Mazanec talks about playing in the NHL with the Nashville Predators:
Mazanec describes his quiet night in net as the team registered a team high 46 shots:
“We didn’t think our power-play was great – as far as execution – but, clearly, we were able to score the goals. They were more determined goals because of their pressure and we were able to catch a couple of breaks.” Dean Evason
“Our five-on-three, to be honest, I don’t know if we scored a goal five-on-three this year. It’s a disappointing area in our ground and something that we’re gonna have to address here in the next few days.” Dean Evason
“Really liked our composure. We thought our discipline was tremendous. We thought the guys took a lot of cheap shots at the end there.” Dean Evason
“Dangerous. It’s scary. A hit like that scares the heck out of you. You think a big man like [Scott Ford] can handle himself but he goes in like that and it’s a scary situation. It’s probably because [Ford] is so big and strong that he didn’t get hurt. Those are the things that we clearly want out of the game. The NHL wants it out of the game. We want it out of the game. It’s dangerous. It’s scary.” Dean Evason
“We just think [Kevin Henderson’s] game has been… It hasn’t been bad. But it hasn’t been where we feel it should be.” Dean Evason
“You cannot get a bigger opportunity. I’m really happy for it because I didn’t expect it.” Marek Mazanec
It was an upbeat locker room last night. I think, for as much travel as the team has gone through, getting a win and some days between games does this team lots of good. They -might- actually get tomorrow off due to the compacted schedule they’ve been up against. There will definitely be a practice on Thursday ahead of the weekend three-in-three series with the Rockford IceHogs. I plan on swinging by for it – and I’ll keep you all posted as to what I hear on the day. With Nashville embarking on a hefty road trip of their own – rumor has it they’re looking at possibly bringing up a forward. It’s only a rumor at this point. Might hear news from that today or I could be on the story Thursday – who knows?
Thoughts from last night’s comments? Agree with Evason about Kevin Henderson? If Nashville does call up a forward – who would you call up and why?