When the Milwaukee Admirals are playing at their absolute best is when their game is at its absolute basics. Chip, chase, be disruptive of passing and shooting lanes, put pucks to the net, and crash for rebounds. Often times the skill level of the forward group breaks out of that mold to explore how much they can get away with and, in doing so, can disrupt the flow of the Admirals complete game. It’s the difference between an incomplete offensive effort on Friday night versus an all-zones controlled type of feel that was laid down Sunday evening.
If there is a quote that gets repeated more on this year’s Chatterbox more than “play the right way” I would be shocked. It’s been the identity of the Admirals since December came to a close and the right way is to play straight forward, controlled, smart hockey. Friday night, the Admirals were outshot by the Rockford IceHogs 33-24. Sunday, they out shot the Lake Erie Monsters 29-27. The work rate was better, the overall team play looked smoother, and as it would happen it resulted in a win. Simplicity works.
After the game I spoke with Dean Evason and then did some waiting around for the players. The purple jersey auction had plenty scrambling around after the game. From the sounds of it I think Rich Clune had the jersey with the highest bidding. I was hearing it went for somewhere in the $4,000 range. Not too shabby. Especially with that Swedish netminder of our’s always topping out those jersey auctions! Fortunately enough Kevin Fiala, Magnus Hellberg, and Anthony Bitetto (flu symptoms and all) caught up with me. Here is what they all had to say after the game.
Dean Evason talks about putting pressure on Sami Aittokallio:
Evason on Triston Grant‘s recent play:
Evason’s thoughts on playing a simple game:
Evason speaks in regard to the trade that sent Brendan Leipsic to Toronto:
Evason on Bitetto’s return to the Admirals:
Evason on the ECHL and AHL process working to reach the NHL:
Evason provides an injury update:
Kevin Fiala describes what happened on his second goal:
Fiala on his patience to score his first goal of the game:
Fiala breaks the silence and explains why his stick tape is the way it is:
Magnus Hellberg’s thoughts on the Ads performance:
Hellberg on being able to give back to the fans:
Hellberg on seeing teammates get their NHL call ups:
Anthony Bitetto describes his recent experience with Nashville:
Bitetto’s thoughts on Leipsic:
Bitetto gets his hat pulled down his face mid-answer:
Comments on comments? Could the AHL possibly be looking into fines or suspensions for the post-whistle fight that took place after Sunday’s game? Will Viktor Stålberg make yet another waiver clear and join the Admirals for Tuesday? Yes? That’s what I think also.