The Admirals winning streak came to an end with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Iowa Wild. It was never going to be anywhere near the blowout we saw before, 9-1. Sadly, it was a much more water tight hockey game from both sides after the first period – not the sort of game a neutral fan would enjoy watching: lots of trap from the Wild, no space to create, and hardly any quality scoring chances as a result of that defensive posture from the Wild.
It was clearly the game that the Wild wanted after getting hammered the previous trip into Milwaukee – but what was sad to see was the Admirals not adjusting to what was thrown at them by the Wild until it was far too late to gather a point from the game. Had the Admirals played the way they did in the last ten minutes of third period for the entire second period – it could be a completely different result. Instead, they come up short of taking a minimum of one-point from the bottom dwellers of the Midwest Division after sustaining a two-skater advantage for the final 1:57 in the game.
After the game I had the opportunity to interview Admirals head coach Dean Evason in front of, guessing, ten billion aspiring student journalists from UW-Whitewater (give or take a couple billion). I also talked with Taylor Beck in the locker room to hear his thoughts on the game. Here is what both had to say.
Dean Evason’s assessment of the game:
Evason talks about the return of Zach Budish and how he played:
Evason speaks about the Admirals offensive difficulties in the game:
Evason’s answer to my question of the impact of playing without Colton Sissons:
Evason chats up what Francis Wathier brings to the table:
Evason on getting new guys, Jarnkrok and Wathier, up to speed:
Evason talks playoff push:
Taylor Beck breaks down the game:
Beck speaks about the offense playing more aggressively at the end of the contest:
Beck on the two-man advantage to end the game:
Beck’s thoughts on playing against Rockford Friday:
Beck versus Budish – the Big Head debate continues:
Comments from the comments? Was this simply a one game lapse with the Wild looking to make a statement? How did you feel Francis Wathier played in his Admirals debut? How is Calle Jarnkrok looking as he starts to settle into the lineup?