From November 29th to January 2nd the Admirals managed to win only three out of fifteen games. They haven’t lost since. It is now officially a franchise record nine game winning streak for the Admirals. The previous high was an eight game winning streak in 1989 during the IHL era of the franchise.
For those who were not in attendance last night, which would be ashamed, you missed just another classic night in the life of Rich Clune. He dropped the gloves with the Wild’s captain Stephane Veilleux and got the 11,562 in attendance absolutely bazonkers. If that wasn’t enough he showed he can be savvy with his Hockey IQ just as well as toss bombs with his fists. He skated to a soft spot in the Wild defense and Austin Watson tagged him perfectly with a pass for a goal after creating the turnover. Plus, his presence on the right wing allowed Watson to tee up the game-winning goal on a two-on-one.
After the game former-Roundtable maestro Ryan Miller had the chance to do the post-game on ice interview with him. Clune belted out the chorus of Brett Eldredge’s “Beat of the Music” before signing off shouting, “Milwaukee, turn down for what!”
I’m not sure I’ve seen a character anything like Clune since he joined the Admirals. Yet his addition, on and off the ice, has been a massive boost to this team. He plays the game ferociously but doesn’t get himself burned while doing it. And his nature off the ice keeps things light. He could have had a bitter attitude about being sent to the Admirals after his time in the NHL but he just hasn’t been. If anything, he seems to have found his role on the team and embraced it.
Some other thoughts and musings from me: Take a look at Pontus Åberg‘s goal from opening night – and take a look at Viktor Arvidsson‘s scored last night. Who did it better? Because it is like looking at the same play. Also, watch/listen to the hit that Jimmy Oligny and Mike Liambas dished out to Brett Bulmer.
With it being a concert night I wanted to do the post-game interview with head coach Dean Evason, grab one player, and get out of the locker room area before the noise levels got rocking. I just so happened to do that because, thankfully, Austin Watson was about to head out for the concert. Here is what the two had to say after the 4-3 win against the Wild last night.
Dean Evason on turning things around since December:
Evason talks about the game’s negatives for the Ads:
Evason on the Iowa Wild:
Evason describes Clune’s role since joining the team:
Evason on Kevin Fiala‘s second game with the Admirals:
Evason talks about the Wild’s first goal and referee discussion:
Austin Watson describes his game-winning goal:
Watson’s thoughts on the Admirals turn-around:
Watson on Clune’s presence to the team:
Comments from the comments? Who are some of your favorite personalities that have come through the Milwaukee Admirals and where does Clune rank in there with them? Will this AHL All Star break help or hurt the Admirals right now?