The Chatterbox, Vol. 51


Joe Piskula played in his 500th career game as a professional hockey player Sunday evening in the Milwaukee Admirals 2-1 shootout loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Admirals began their season off with a franchise best start to a hockey season by winning six-straight games. Fast forward to tonight and the Admirals are in a run of no wins in their last five games with only two points to show for it from two shootout losses.

Certainly, Thursday’s game was the cream of the crop as far as the worst performance of the season. These last two this weekend have been improvements. Results based sport as it is – a loss isn’t great. And I truly feel that Magnus Hellberg and the Admirals deserved a far better fate in tonight’s 2-1 shootout loss.

They were fifty seconds away from not just a shutout but a complete, start to finish, game. It would have done them a world of confidence rather than let them stew until Wednesday’s game against the division leading Rockford IceHogs. Instead, it still feels as if their backs are against the wall. My hope is that desperation seeps into their game with the same tenacity that saw a snake-bitten team like the Iowa Wild come out firing against us not too long ago. The talent is there. The in-game consistency just isn’t at the moment.

After the game I spoke with Dean Evason, Pontus Åberg, Magnus Hellberg, Anthony Bitetto, and Joe Piskula. Here is what they all had to say following the Admirals fifth-consecutive loss.

Dean Evason remaining optimistic:

Evason on the Griffins hard push in the third period:

Evason talks up Hellberg’s effort in net:

Evason on positives to take from the game:

Evason provides an update on Rich Clune:

Evason on whether or not Johan Alm was a healthy scratch:

Evason’s thoughts on fatigue playing into the game:

Pontus Åberg talks about his goal:

Åberg on the Admirals defensive work rate:

Åberg on if the losing streak is weighting on the minds of the team:

Magnus Hellberg describes the equalizing goal for the Griffins:

Hellberg sees positives in the Admirals defense:

Hellberg on getting caught by a Viktor Arvidsson slap shot in pre-game skate:

Anthony Bitetto describes the Admirals performance:

Bitetto on what has changed from winning to losing:

Bitetto on re-grouping while on home ice:

Bitetto on Hellberg’s performance:

Bitetto discusses Piskula’s milestone night:

Joe Piskula on hitting the 500 career game milestone:

Piskula talks about the positives from the game:

Piskula on getting things turned around:

Piskula on getting things turned around, continued:

Piskula talks up Admirals goaltending:

Comments from the comments? Do you feel a rematch of Thursday’s game with the IceHogs could be enough to jolt the Admirals back to life?

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3 Responses to The Chatterbox, Vol. 51

  1. Jim Zeirke says:

    Even though he didn’t play in the net for this game, I wonder if Maz might get sent to Cincy just to get him some extended net time and rebuild his confidence. He always seems to play better when he knows that he will be playing every game. Last year he was great and he had a ton of net time.

  2. Ryan says:

    “They were fifty seconds away from not just a shutout but a complete, start to finish, game.”

    They got outshot 14-3 in the third period. I think it’s tough to argue that they played a ‘complete’ game.

  3. Steve C says:

    Agreed with Ryan. The third period was horrid. They were in panic, defensive mode and spent probably 3/4ths of the time in their own defensive zone.

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