The Chatterbox, Vol. 56

Big Head. Bigger Smiles. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

If you ask me, “how good was last night’s Admirals game?” I would respond by saying it was their best effort since November. They managed to puzzle together a complete game for the first time in a long time and really throttled the Hamilton Bulldogs in their 4-1 victory.

How did they managed to pull that game off? I feel that the team looked to minimize what they were doing offensively by playing a very North/South game and just looking to put pucks to the net. No nonsense. Nothing individualistic. Nothing flashy. Nothing but bare bones out-work the opposition. That’s what the Admirals identity typically is. And that’s what happened in the first, second, and third period last night. The result was a 31-16 advantage in shots on goal for the Admirals and a scoreboard that reflected their effort.

The real question now becomes whether or not they can bottle up this performance and carry it over into the oncoming three-in-three that starts up on Thursday night against the Midwest Division leading Rockford IceHogs. The Admirals will play the IceHogs both Thursday and Friday before finishing off on Saturday against the Charlotte Checkers. It should be a big test. Can they take bigger steps forward from last night? Time will tell.

After the game I spoke with Dean Evason, Zach Budish, and Triston Grant. Here is what they had to say after the Admirals broke out of their four game winless streak.

Dean Evason on the Admirals performance:

Evason describes what it means to play the right way:

Evason talks up Zach Budish:

Evason discusses Miikka Salomäki‘s first career NHL call up:

Evason on tweaking the power-play set up:

Evason talks about the penalties taken in the game:

Evason on Jonathan Diaby playing as an enforcer:

Evason talks through Mike Liambas‘ situation following his match penalty:

Zach Budish discusses his return to the Admirals lineup:

Budish on readjusting to the AHL game:

Budish on playing his 100th game as a pro:

Budish trying to make the most of his time back in Milwaukee:

Triston Grant on his night up against Joe Finley:

Grant talks about the team keeping the game simple:

Grant on playing a complete game:

Comments from the comments? Is this team ready for the Rockford IceHogs? How do you feel the Admirals are going to handle the upcoming three-in-three?

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