The Milwaukee Admirals lost 4-1 against the Rockford IceHogs in an exhibition game Friday night at the MSOE Kern Center. Justin Florek scored the lone goal for the Admirals but it came long after the damage was already done by the visiting IceHogs.
“We talked after that our execution wasn’t good,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason after the game. “Our desire was real good. Our entries were fine. We just didn’t execute. And their goaltenders played real well. So, combine that all together, we didn’t get the result but our effort certainly was there.”
This game didn’t take long to look ugly. The IceHogs were able to take a 2-0 lead in the opening 1:30 of the first period. The first tally came on the rush with Pierre-Cedric Labrie sliding a puck past Juuse Saros. Bryn Chyzyk scored just shy of a minute after the opening goal to provide the IceHogs with a two-goal cushion they’d maintain cleanly through the rest of the opening period.
“That felt really weird,” commented Juuse Saros on the fast start for the IceHogs. “But it’s good to learn from those in these games so it won’t happen again in the games that count.”
6:23 into the second period and the IceHogs added a power-play goal to push their lead to 3-0. After Jonathan Diaby headed to the box for interference Sam Carrick hammered a slap shot against the grain of Saros from the right wing that went up and over the Finn’s blocker.
Through an onslaught of penalty calls a fight broke out between Shawn O’Donnell and Carrick. The tilt seemed to give a lift to the crowd and transfer into the players because it wasn’t long after that Justin Florek scored a shorthanded goal for the Admirals to make it a 3-1 contest just before the midway point of the third period.
“Our penalty kill was fine,” said Evason. “It’s unfortunate to have that many penalties because you can’t truly evaluate your group when your lines are all messed up. It’s unfortunate there were that many. Hopefully tomorrow night there won’t be so many.”
The Admirals took Saros off to bring the extra attacker on late. Sadly, with the Admirals on the penalty kill at the time, that extra attacker advantage didn’t exactly mean much. The IceHogs would pop in their fourth tally through an empty netter by Martin Lundberg which would finish the game off at 4-1.
Ramblings: Prior to the game, the Milwaukee Admirals announced that they had signed forwards Eric Robinson and Justin Florek to AHL contracts for the 2016-17 season. The Admirals play on the road tomorrow night against the Chicago Wolves at 7:00 PM CDT at the Triphahn Center Ice Arena. It will be the team’s last taste of game action before the 2016-17 AHL regular season begins on Saturday when they play the San Antonio Rampage on the road in Texas. Practice this coming week is schedule for Tuesday through Thursday before they travel to San Antonio on Friday.
Thoughts on tonight’s performance? Were a lot of the penalty calls warranted? Were you able to take away much from tonight’s game for the team and individual performances? Did any impress or unimpress?
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