There is a lot to process from last night’s 4-3 overtime loss for the Milwaukee Admirals against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Weirdly, for all it is worth, I keep thinking there is far more great things to take away from it than there were bad things. Were the mistakes bad? Yes. Did they cost the Admirals the result? Yes. Here is the thing though, for all those mistakes, the Admirals still found something deep within themselves rally back against a team that can and has outplayed them much the same way that they ended up doing from the second period to the finish. The Admirals came all the way back from 3-0 to earn a point. They could have just as easily phoned it in from the errors in the first period or allowed for those errors to continually snowball but they didn’t. They fought back.
It’s a stinger to know that effectively all four goals scored by the Griffins last night were extremely avoidable. It is. Though I often think having performances such as last night, experiencing situations such as last night, have a long lasting payoff for a team and individuals moving forward. There is plenty to correct but there is also a lot to praise from the effort and response to errors made that caused the setbacks in the first place.
So, tough result to take. There are still some problem areas that the Admirals do happen to have but the flashes of dominance shown from late in the second period and the third period showed a real sign of the team’s true capacity to take a game over. It was a loss -but- a point was claimed before regulation could shut the door on the Admirals. Great fight back. They just need to learn from the mistakes that cost them from it being the type of game that it turned into.
After the game I caught up with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. I also chatted with goaltender Marek Mazanec and forward Adam Payerl. Here were their post-game comments from last night’s overtime defeat.
Thoughts on all the chaos that yesterday’s game provided? Do you feel it would be wise for the Nashville Predators after a performance like last night to actually keep Mazanec down for a further stint to not only make sure that he is back in game shape but sharpened game shape?
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