The Milwaukee Admirals franchise record nine-game winning streak came to a crashing halt last night at the hands of the Grand Rapids Griffins. It was a 3-0 shutout and a performance that lacked the level of quality that the Admirals were producing during their run. Was it all bad? No, not really. Still there were too many moments from the game that could have been avoided.
On the first goal that the Griffins scored Teemu Pulkkinen was in the penalty box waiting to be unleashed. He was. And the Admirals were far to passive with their puck control at the end of the power-play. Rather than keep the offensive cycle going the puck got jarred loose, sent up ice, and sent the Griffins off on a two-on-one. Pulkkinen threaded his pass by Taylor Aronson to Mitch Callahan, goal.
While the second tally might be off a rebound. It’s still something that could have been avoided. Colton Sissons, Viktor Stålberg, and Aronson were both playing to the puck along the left wing wall too tight and exposed Landon Ferraro between the hashmarks. Nathan Paetsch‘s point shot may have kicked out to Ferraro but, with no one to close him down, he had no pressure on him to whack in the rebound chance that he had. He was all alone.
The third goal was an all-around mess highlighted by a good individual effort by Tomas Nosek. Joe Piskula‘s pass out of the defensive zone was batted down by Mark Zengerle and trickled to Nosek who made a hard skate in off the right wing across the mouth of goal before pushing a shot on net to the blocker side of Magnus Hellberg. The puck found a way underneath him and was screaming to be put out of its misery – to which Zengerle obliged. A breakout play. A clearing attempt. Whatever you could call it. Piskula wasn’t able to direct the puck up ice in a way that took pressure off. Instead, he invited it right back in.
That was all the bad. I feel lost in the result there were some good things done it’s just that they didn’t impact the scoreboard. Brendan Leipsic, Viktor Arvidsson, Sissons, and even Hellberg in net all had really good performances. There were lots of scoring chances that were wired together but they never had the quality finish to beat a white hot Jared Coreau in net.
Consider it a bit of a lull on the Admirals part if you want to contributed by the All Star break. If even half the chances created by the Ads get converted in last night’s game it probably turns things into a dead heat to the finish. Hopefully the quick change over helps the team get right back in the win column with a result in Grand Rapids later tonight. It would be slightly fitting considering the last Admirals loss prior to last night was at the start of this month in Grand Rapids, after all.
After the game I spoke with Dean Evason as well as Sissons, Leipsic, Hellberg, and Mr. BobbleFists himself Mike Liambas. Here is what they all had to say following the Admirals shutout loss to the Griffins.
Dean Evason on the Admirals shutout loss:
Evason on the impact of the All Star break:
Evason talks about the positive of getting back after it Saturday:
Evason on the Admirals injury situation at the moment:
Evason talks about the Admirals offensive effort against Grand Rapids:
Evason’s concerns on turnover issues:
Evason on if he plans to scoreboard watch in the second half of the season:
Colton Sissons’ thoughts on the game:
Sissons on the quick turn-around:
Brendan Leipsic describes his All Star experience:
Leipsic on being the first Admiral to record an AHL All Star hat trick:
Leipsic on the end of the Ads winning streak:
Magnus Hellberg’s thoughts on the game:
Hellberg on his All Star experience:
Hellberg talks about moving forward:
Mike Liambas’ thoughts on the Admirals performance:
Liambas on getting back after the Griffins instantly:
Liambas talks about getting honored with a bobblehead:
Liambas describes the likeness of his bobblehead:
Liambas on trying to engage a fight in the game:
Liambas talks about what he saw on Rich Clune‘s injury:
Comments from the comments? Can the team rebound tonight on the road? Was the Clune injury in the first period an instant blow to last night’s game?