The Admirals won the pre-season opener 3-1 against the Rockford IceHogs at the MSOE Kern Center. Despite the IceHogs picking up the opening goal through Alex Broadburst’s shorthander – the game really was all Admirals. Which is surprising when you remember the poor start that saw them on consecutive penalty kills right out of the shoot.
The line that stood out the most for me was the starting forward group of Pontus Aberg, Colton Sissons, and Austin Watson. It seems like they are all on the exact same page, work well off of one another, and can play well in both areas of the ice. I expect this to be the Admirals top forward line come the season opener. And I expect the man who will benefit greatly from this will be Aberg.
The quiet heroes of the game also happened to be everyone on the Admirals defense. It wasn’t really one defenseman excelling over another. It was just good solid work from each d-man. In short, they all took care of business. If not for a flub up along the wall that led to a shorthanded goal. We’d be looking at a shutout in this team’s first outing as a unit. Not too shabby.
After the game I had the chance to speak with head coach Dean Evason. I also spoke with Pontus Aberg, Rob Madore, and Colton Sissons. Here is what everyone had to say following the pre-season opener.
Dean Evason’s thoughts from the Admirals pre-season opener:
Evason on the team’s response to early penalty kills:
Evason discusses the defensive performance tonight:
Evason discusses whether or not Aberg-Sissons-Watson will be the top line:
Evason on Madore’s effort in net:
Evason speaks about the addition of Piskula and Alm to the defensive nucleus:
Pontus Aberg’s thoughts from the game:
Aberg talks about his line with Sissons and Watson:
Aberg on Rockford’s defense:
Aberg breaks down his third period goal:
Aberg discusses his transition to the North American game:
Rob Madore’s thoughts on the pre-season opener:
Madore talks about the defense limiting chances for Rockford:
Madore on entering the game and getting a 5-3 PK right off the bat:
Madore discusses his time so far in Nashville and Milwaukee:
Colton Sissons’ thoughts on the game:
Sissons on the similarities to the Nashville rookie camp roster to Milwaukee:
Sissons speaks about his line with Watson and Aberg:
Sissons talks about the Ads defensive effort against Rockford:
Comments on the comments? Do you feel Rob Madore has a chance of making the Milwaukee Admirals roster over either Magnus Hellberg or Marek Mazanec?