The Milwaukee Admirals season started with a bang. They won 6-3 and plenty of the new guys looked right at home in their debuts. The second period may have been rough for the Ads. It became a 3-3 games. But the response in the third period speaks highly to what team could be on our hands this season. Instant answer. Quick team defense. And keeping the throttle down when skating up ice for offensive chances.
This might be the youngest team in the AHL but it didn’t show in the opener. Some areas in the defense will need improvement but this is a team that can only get stronger with games played together as a unit. The talent level spoke volumes over the woes of inexperience. And I think that things can be really special with this team in 2014-15.
After the game I spoke with head coach Dean Evason. I also had the chance to talk to Anthony Bitetto, Pontus Åberg, Viktor Arvidsson, and Zach Budish. Here is what everyone had to say after the victorious season opener.
Dean Evason on the performance of his rookies:
Evason speaks about resiliency after losing a two-goal lead:
Evason’s thoughts on the team’s speed and skill level:
Evason on the Admirals power-play:
Evason provides an update on Cehlin and Liambas:
Evason’s plan for tomorrow night’s roster:
Anthony Bitetto on what happened with Kyle Hagel:
Bitetto’s thoughts on the Admirals this season:
Bitetto on the Admirals speed as a team:
Pontus Aberg talks about his first game as an Admiral:
Aberg’s thoughts on the Admirals performance in the opener:
Aberg on his highlight reel goal:
Viktor Arvidsson breaks down his first career AHL goal:
Arvidsson on his effort on the power-play:
Zach Budish and I talk about his equipment issue that was followed up by a goal:
Budish on the team’s all-around performance:
Budish talks about facing Rockford in the back end of a two-in-two:
Comments from the comments? Becoming a fan of some of the new guys on this team? Where does Pontus Aberg’s goal stack up in Admirals goals over the last few seasons? Where do you think this team will end the season?