I left last night’s game with a really numb feeling as it relates to the overall performance of the Milwaukee Admirals. The third period was unbelievable. The Admirals were rallying while down 3-2 and responded by earning three trips to the power-play which probably helped in the 18-4 shots on goal margin that they produced all while gunning for that equalizer.
That’s probably where the numb feeling seeps in. That equalizing goal never happened. All that outstanding work late went for naught because the game concluded at the end of regulation with the Moose winning 3-2. Yes, there were some problem areas within the game – most of which concluded in the goals the Moose score – but I’m left feeling as though there were more positives than there were negatives. The Admirals did everything right late but couldn’t find the breakthrough. That’s a credit to the Moose and a tip of the cap on their defense on making scoring chances difficult to come by and the ones that found Connor Hellebuyck easy to deal with.
A big problem that needs to be answered though is the way the Admirals can’t get out in front. The Admirals have now played six-games and have only led for 21:14 of ice time. The entirety of that lead came from the Admirals 4-2 loss at home to the Rockford IceHogs. Stevie Moses scored five-minutes into the first period and, on the flip side of the second period, they conceded before surrendering the lead all-together less than three minutes after that. It’s not really been until these last few games when their backs are up against the wall when they’re switching their brains off, playing more instinctive, more desperate, and firing shots to the net. The first three games: 76 shots on goal – outshot by their opponents 34- 28 in the third period. The last three games: 113 shots on goal – outshooting their opponents 40-21. The same urgency seen from the Admirals to salvage a result needs to be shown early on. You’re only going to win so many games when you pull the goalie and bring out the extra attacker.
After tonight’s game I spoke with Admirals head coach Dean Evason. I also spoke with captain Colton Sissons and winger Viktor Arvidsson to hear their reactions to the loss to the Manitoba Moose. Here is what they had to say.
Comments on the comments? Was this a tough luck night for the Admirals or did they earn their loss? Why is it that this team seems to be trailing in games so often?