The Admirals lost 3-2 against the Lake Erie Monsters Tuesday night. The story of the night was an Admirals power-play that went 0/6 and allowed a shorthanded goal to boot. Even though the Admirals outshot Lake Erie 37-18 they lost for the fifteenth time in regulation this season.
“It’s frustrating,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. “[Calvin Pickard] competed his butt off. He’s done that to us before. It looked early like he was fighting the puck and then as the period went on, first second and third, we went in thinking we’re not going to score on him. He was just on. We had some amazing looks. You throw that many pucks at the net you think you’re going to get rewarded in some way. He did a good job.”
Colton Sissons scored his eighteenth goal of the season to open up tonight’s game. Kevin Fiala hit Sissons with a feed in stride as he broke into the attacking zone. He was able to catch Calvin Pickard going low and beat him high glove side on the near post for the goal. Since the turn to the 2015 side of the calendar Sissons has scored ten goals.
After a hooking call against Jared Nightingale the Monsters managed to level things up through the first period. Joey Hishon was able to net his twelfth goal of the season but he paid a price to do it. He crashed into Jaynen Rissling’s elbow head behind the net after driving in on goal. Hishon stayed down on his stomach for a while before being assisted off the ice by Lake Erie’s athletic trainer Brent Woodside. He would return in the second period.
There was plenty of physical and post-whistle antics in the meeting between these two on Sunday. That was no exception tonight either. Triston Grant and Daniel Maggio locked horns after a spectacular save was made in net by Pickard to deny Mark Van Guilder a goal. Grant won the fight and ended up receiving an additional roughing minor for his troubles.
Whilst skating even at four-on-four – the Monsters took their first lead of the game in the second period. Michael Schumacher was able to secure a rebound off of Marek Mazanec and throw in his sixth goal of the season to make it a 2-1 game.
In the third period the Admirals allowed their sixth shorthanded goal of the season. Pontus Aberg was unable to hold the puck on the blue line and Kenny Ryan stabbed it loose and was off to the races down the right wing. He finished off the shorthanded breakaway for his eighth goal of the season.
“I don’t know,” smirked Evason when questioned on the recent record of shorthanded goals allowed by the Admirals. “It was a tough puck tonight but clearly our awareness has to be better.”
With 3:50 remaining in regulation the team went empty net to bring on the extra attacker extra early to push. They burned their timeout with 2:12 remaining and, only seven seconds later, Van Guilder buried his seventh goal of the season off a rebound to make it 3-2.
The net emptied yet again with 2:01 remaining and, despite a solid push with the extra attacker on, it resulted in nothing. Pickard shut the door to hold the Admirals at the final score of 3-2.
“Clearly you have to learn from not getting the results here tonight,” said Evason. “But we have to take a lot of positives out of tonight’s hockey game. The way we put pucks to the net these last two hockey games we’ve had tremendous opportunities to score. We just didn’t tonight.”
Ramblings: Prior to the game there were a pair of roster moves made. Joe Pendenza was recalled from the Cincinnati Cyclones while Anthony Bitetto was recalled to the Nashville Predators. Tonight’s scratches for the Admirals were Miikka Salomaki (upper-body), Joe Piskula (lower-body), Jimmy Oligny (right knee), and Johan Alm (left wrist). In the first period, Jonathan Diaby took a puck to the mouth after a shot rolled up his stick and into his face. He did return in the second period.
Thoughts on tonight’s game? What is the issue with the Admirals power-play? Was this a matter of tipping your cap to Calvin Pickard and getting on with things tomorrow night?