The Admirals have finally suffered a defeat. 4-2 at the hands of the Iowa Wild while playing on home ice. Going in, I was expecting to see a repeat of what we saw in Iowa two weeks ago. A match-up of the best team in the AHL against the worst team in the AHL by record. That’s the game of hockey for you, though. The Wild played a tough game against the Admirals and deserved that one.
Now comes the fun part that I’ve been waiting for. How does this young Admirals team respond to a little adversity? There is a away-home two-in-two coming up on Saturday and Sunday with the Chicago Wolves – who are in a two game losing skid as we speak.
The recent performances by the Admirals have been touch and go. And things weren’t as crisp as they should have been against the Wild last night. Something will need to give for the Admirals and Wolves. The Amtrak Rivalry games this weekend should prove to pack a punch or two.
After the defeat to Iowa I spoke with Dean Evason, Austin Watson, and Viktor Stalberg. Here is what they had to say following the Admirals first loss of the season.
Dean Evason’s thoughts on the loss to the Iowa Wild:
Evason on the difference between the Iowa Wild tonight vs. two weeks ago:
Evason talks about Viktor Stalberg’s game:
Evason’s thoughts on Rich Clune and possible roster movements:
Evason on what the Admirals can take away from a loss:
Austin Watson’s thoughts on the Wild out-competing the Admirals:
Viktor Stalberg assesses his first night as an Admiral:
Stalberg talks about how he is feeling post-game:
Stalberg on his collision with Pontus Aberg:
Stalberg’s familiarity with the current Admirals roster:
Stalberg on what Rich Clune can add to a locker room:
Stalberg’s thoughts on how long his Milwaukee stay will be:
Stalberg’s expectations for himself whilst on conditioning assignment with the Admirals:
Stalberg on if he can pass on any NHL know-how while in Milwaukee:
Comments from the comments? If Pontus Aberg is out for a period of time – what do the Admirals do to rotate their forwards? Will we see an Admirals debut for Rich Clune this weekend? And what could that mean for Mike Liambas – who made his season debut tonight?