Chatterbox, Vol. 231

(Photo Credit: Cleveland Monsters)

The Milwaukee Admirals returned to practice this morning at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. They will start the first of a three-game homestand by finishing off a mini-series against the Cleveland Monsters tomorrow night. The Monsters won Thursday and Saturday night in Cleveland.

Zolnierczyk-Smith-Butler
Richard-Pettersson-Moy
Labrie-Zengerle-Kelleher
Perfetto-Kirkland-Bass

Oligny-Carrier
Lyytinen-Granberg
(O’Brien) Murphy-Dougherty (Allard)

Lindbäck
(O’Connor/Paterson)

With all the roster activity that took place yesterday the Admirals set up with a new look this morning. Pontus Åberg, Juuse Saros, and Frédérick Gaudreau are all up. Anders Lindbäck – is back. The forward group was going to need a reshuffling and it could be that the captain Trevor Smith is finally able to return from injury. Though both Smith, and Pierre-Cédric Labrie, could just as easily be out tomorrow night. Which is likely why the third defensive pairing was such a blur of alternating pairs as it was. It might be seven defensemen suiting up tomorrow – it could darn near be eight should injuries still hold back Smith and Labrie.

Yakov Trenin is also on the injury front. He suffered a violent collision with the end-boards on Saturday night in Cleveland. Cameron Gaunce was slapped with a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct on the play. Yesterday the AHL announced that Gaunce is receiving a three-game suspension for the incident. Trenin did travel back with the team and is receiving further evaluation with an upper-body injury.

Following today’s practice I caught up with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. I also had the chance to speak with Joonas Lyytinen, Alex Carrier, and Cody Bass. These were today’s interview’s following practice at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

What are your expectations for tomorrow night’s game following the previous two encounters against the Cleveland Monsters? Was the suspension to Cameron Gaunce fair or could the AHL have taken it further?

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