The Milwaukee Admirals lost 4-2 against the Rockford IceHogs at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Saturday night.
Tonight the IceHogs didn’t play their record one bit. They played desperate and continued to throw shot after shot at Marek Mazanec. The shots total tonight paints a poor picture as the IceHogs outshot the Admirals 42-34 which helped in providing a win tonight in Milwaukee.
“We’ve talked a lot about it doesn’t matter who we play, where we play, when we play. When the puck drops we play hard. The last two nights we have not,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason after the game. “That has been the biggest disappointment for us.”
After last night it was clear that the Admirals wanted to have a good start. They did just that by getting on the board first from an unlikely source in the opening frame. Jack Dougherty jumped up on the rush and crashed the net. Mike Ribeiro labeled a perfect pass from the left wing to his tape to give the Admirals’ Man of the Year his second goal of the season.
The IceHogs would knot things up at 1-1 in the second period. Michael Latta was able to rip a wrister off before Rick Pinkston could close him down. The former-Admiral’s shot flew top shelf over the stick-side shoulder of Marek Mazanec for Latta’s fourth goal of the season.
The Admirals second period woes seemed to continue and do so In rough fashion. Anthony Louis was skating low right wing against Andrew O’Brien and managed to score from a very bad angle against Mazanec to the near post. The goal for Louis was the first of his pro career.
Thankfully, the Admirals would get a response 1:31 of ice-time later to level things back up at 2-2. Vladislav Kamenev snapped a low shot that went into the pads of Jeff Glass. It looked for a moment that Glass had the puck frozen but it had enough juice on it that it wheeled on through to goal to count as Kamenev’s nineteenth of the season.
The third period would get started with some fireworks. Pinkston leveled Luke Johnson as he motored down the right wing wall in attack. That caught the eye of IceHogs captain Jake Dowell who skated on over, said some words, and then the gloves were off. It was more of a grappling match that ended with Pinkston throwing Dowell down. That still should go as a win for Pinkston in your fight cards.
Shortly after the dust up it would be the IceHogs gathering off the fight energy and scoring. Brandon Mashinter stationed himself in front of Mazanec, had a rebound, and was left by Trevor Smith and Alex Carrier to swiftly swat a second chance opportunity through for his fifteenth goal of the season to give the IceHogs a 3-2 lead.
Mazaznec would make his way to the bench with 1:19 remaining in regulation to bring on the extra attacker. With 45.6 seconds remaining in regulation a puck along the IceHogs bench drew a too many men on the ice penalty and gave the Admirals a chance with two extra bodies on the ice. The IceHogs took a time out at the time of the penalty. And Ville Pokka would hammer a puck the length of the ice into the empty net to score a shorthanded empty netter right off the following draw to make it 4-2 IceHogs from the Finn’s sixth goal of the season.
“We just didn’t play well for one period last night,” said Evason. “We didn’t play well at all tonight.”
The Admirals will finish up this weekend’s three-in-three with a lovely bus ride down to Des Moines and the Wells Fargo Arena where they will face-off against the Iowa Wild on Sunday at 5:00 PM CDT. They will then see these very same IceHogs at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Wednesday at 7:00 PM CDT to cap off a quick road set before returning home to finish off the regular season.
“We need to adjust and comeback with a great game tomorrow,” said Evason. “I don’t care how far we’re going to travel. We’re going to play a hockey game and we better play hard.”
Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played last night the received Yakov Trenin who was assigned to them by the Nashville Predators after his junior season with Gatineau in the QMJHL came to an end in the first round of the playoffs. Tonight’s line combinations were: Richard-Ribeiro-Gaudreau, White-Smith-Åberg, Kirkland-Kamenev-Payerl, Liambas-Trenin-Kelleher, Murphy-Dougherty, Pinkston-Carrier, O’Brien-Girard. Tonight’s scratches were: Army (healthy), Florek (healthy), Granberg (healthy), and Pardy (healthy). Reminder, Jimmy Oligny was announced as out for the rest of the season following knee surgery this week.
What were your thoughts on tonight’s game? It seemed that the Milwaukee Admirals were somewhat overwhelmed by the Rockford IceHogs early in this game. Does a performance such as this make you worry about the Admirals or is this the result of resting certain players and mixing things up?
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