Often times games such as last night deserve some time to simmer in the mind before really doing it justice. As time has gone down, and as you read this in the morning, I can honestly say I don’t think the Milwaukee Admirals had any right winning that game last night. The Chicago Wolves from the second period to the end really were the better team. Whether the credit go purely to them or the Admirals making some costly mistakes – the Wolves should have won that game. But they didn’t. The Admirals won 4-3 in regulation and in the process have jumped ahead of the Wolves in the standings.
Hockey can be such a weird game. There were elements to last night that felt all too similar to some of the recent scripts we’ve seen on home ice between the Cleveland Monsters and Rockford IceHogs. There were poor turnovers and some awful mistakes that were punished -if not immediately- not too long after the fact.
Yet, the Admirals did knuckle down against one of the best offensive teams in the AHL and were provided a chance late on the power-play. What happened after that power-play goal from Vladislav Kamenev is a mistake on the part of the Wolves. They paused. They were thrown off momentarily as the building erupted and the Admirals tied things up. And twelves seconds later the Admirals had the game won.
What you hope for the most right now is that the mistakes made recently get minimized and more of the direct play at the end of the game becomes more of a standard to the Admirals style of play. It has been an up and down period for the group from December until now. The roster that the Admirals have at the moment is about as strong as it has been all season. The right pieces and there for them to have continual success. A night and result such as last night’s late comeback over the Wolves should be a strong push towards that path.
All of that being the case it could go for naught should the IceHogs do some bad, bad things in Rockford tonight. The IceHogs snapped an eight game losing streak when they defeated the Admirals on Friday night in overtime. They continued the good vibes with a shootout win last night against the San Antonio Rampage. The IceHogs are trying to find their own way and slowly getting the pieces together for that. It can cause the Admiralsa massive headache and render last night’s thrilling win meaningless with another flat performance. The Admirals biggest test is what is next in front of them: today.What today presents is the IceHogs on the road. If Friday night is anything to go by? The Admirals owe them one.
As far as last night’s post-game interviews are concerned I did speak with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. I also chatted with Adam Payerl, Kevin Fiala, and Anthony Richard. These were last night’s post-game comments.
Comments on the comments? What do the Milwaukee Admirals need to do this evening in order to secure a win over the Rockford IceHogs? How important will it be for the Admirals to actually avoid post-whistle mayhem that the IceHogs like to engage in?
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