I would say that the last two games for the Admirals haven’t been the prototypical games we saw in January. That “play the right way, do the right things” gimmick has taken a backseat to some run and gun style “see goal, score goal” hockey. Not good for the Admirals goalies and defense. Thankfully, the offense has been up to the challenge and delivered.
In the last three-in-three of the Admirals 2014-15 season the went on and swept the entire weekend set. They outscored their opponents 17-11, went 37.5% (6/16) on the power-play, and had a 90.0% (9/10) on the penalty kill.
The offense has been good. No question. The defense and goaltending in the last two games has had some serious bad luck. Marek Mazanec had a puck flick up and in off of him in Rockford. Worst of the worst by a long shot though. Magnus Hellberg allowed three goals as a direct result of pucks deflecting off of his own teammates in front of him in net against Rochester.
It might not be too surprising then that head coach Dean Evason said, after the game, that they deleted the game footage immediately following Sunday’s game. I don’t see him joking about that one bit. And I can’t blame him if he did. It was a hot mess of a game that the Admirals were able to snag the win in overtime from.
After a lengthy post-game presser with Evason, I also had the chance to catch up with Austin Watson and Brendan Leipsic to hear their post-game reactions. Here is what everyone had to say after the Admirals 6-5 overtime win.
Dean Evason’s thoughts on the wild game against Rochester:
Evason talks up the Admirals goal scoring and special teams this weekend:
Evason on the individual skill shining through:
Evason on the transition period for European players on the team:
Evason discusses the Admirals leadership group helping the younger talent:
Evason on the Admirals NHL experienced players contributing to the team:
Evason breaks down the injuries at defense for the Predators and Admirals:
Evason on Kevin Fiala‘s transition:
Evason talks about the pre-game scrum that occurred in Rockford:
Austin Watson breaks down his game-winner in OT:
Watson on the Admirals wild three-game weekend:
Watson talks about the bad bounces on goals against:
Watson on playing the last three-in-three of the season:
Brendan Leipsic talks about the wild weekend:
Leipsic on the overall energy levels of the team after the three-in-three:
Leipsic breaks down his highlight reel goal:
Comments on the comments? Do you think the intensity of the Rockford series escalated the Admirals game and put the defensive detail in a bit of a mess? If Ekholm and Piskula are injured, what will that mean for the Admirals defense? Who could be available to sign on a PTO deal right now?