Welp, it’s a rematch of the Amtrak Rivalry game held in Milwaukee this past Friday. The Admirals were able to get the better of the Wolves 3-2 (OT). Considering how close we are to that game. It’s worth rewinding some material to get a refresher course for this head-to-head:
This game comes after two-successive defeats for the Admirals. It’s only the second time this season that they have lost two-in-a-row. And their current record finds them exactly where they were prior to the losses: third in the Midwest Division and fifth in the Western Conference. In fact, they still have a better winning percentage (0.719) than the Wolves do (0.658).
The Admirals played speed for speed with the IceHogs and generated a season-high 40 shots on goal. The problem in that game was that Scott Darling was in net and made 38 saves.
Then, for the third straight time, the Iowa Wild took down the Admirals. The two played like you may expect from a pair of squads finishing three-in-three weekends. The play was sluggish. Passes weren’t connecting. And the finishing touch wasn’t there… until the final such and such minutes of the game, anyways.
If you’re thinking these two defeats should be concerning for the Ads. Don’t worry. Even in these losses there were positives. I don’t expect some sort of shake-up in lines or who is playing. It’s all a matter of taking it in stride and finding the back of the net.
~Since We Last Met~
The Wolves, like the Admirals, endured a three-in-three weekend. They followed up the OT defeat in Milwaukee with a 3-2 win against the Wild. The Sunday clash saw them go up against the IceHogs and get blanked by Mac Carruth in a 3-0 loss.
That Saturday game with Iowa, as is the case now-a-days, wasn’t easy. The Wolves overcame a 2-0 first period deficit to win that one. As for that top two of the Midwest battle… it would be a game like –that– that would frustrate me a whole lot more than what the Admirals went through. So many things were done right for the Wolves until… that final third of the ice. The goals for the IceHogs were very opportunistic. And the Wolves fell flat in a game they could have just as easily won.
Which team is going to get the rebound win tonight? Do you feel the Admirals should shuffle the forward or defensive lines? How about goaltending… Should Marek Mazanec be given the chance to play tonight’s game in light of Magnus Hellberg‘s first defeat of the season?