IceHogs: Scouting the Enemy

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Milwaukee Admirals needed a shootout on Friday night to defeat the Iowa Wild. They thankfully had a chance to get some energy back yesterday before playing on the road this evening. The Rockford IceHogs haven’t had that ability to recharge. They’re finishing the last of a three-in-three and are looking to win consecutively at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The Admirals had an upswing Friday night. Can it -for once- be sustained?

Coming into this game the IceHogs record is 19-15-1-1 (40 points, 0.556 points percentage). That places them in fourth place in the Central Division and right behind the Admirals (0.559) who vaulted into third place after Friday’s shootout win.

This is the last of a three-in-three weekend for the IceHogs. Friday they came up short on the road against the Grand Rapids Griffins losing 5-3. They traveled back to home yesterday and the Central Division bottom dwelling Cleveland Monsters took them to a shootout where the IceHogs won 4-3.

Matthew Highmore has been a bright spot for the IceHogs so far this weekend. He scored a goal in Grand Rapids while wracking up 4 shots of the IceHogs 17 shot total. He followed that effort up last night against the Monsters with a goal and an assist. His goal came only fifteen seconds into the second period.

Collin Delia was in net for the first two legs of the three-in-three for the IceHogs. He stopped 48/56 shots faced for a 0.849 save percentage and a 3.98 goals against average. He also stopped 3/3 in yesterday’s shootout win over the Monsters. Overall with the IceHogs this season Delia has a record of 2-4-0-0 in 6 starts with a 3.53 goals against average and 0.851 save percentage.

At the moment the IceHogs goaltending group is stretched. An injury to Corey Crawford meant Jeff Glass was recalled by the Chicago Blackhawks. Jean-François Bérubé hasn’t played for the IceHogs since start back on 12/9/17 where he played 31:22, didn’t allow a goal, and was replaced by Glass. Matt Tomkins is the only other active goalie on the IceHogs roster at the moment and he allowed 6 goals in his lone start back on 12/30/17.

Things aren’t limited to goaltending, either. Vinnie Hinostroza and David Kämpf are both with the Blackhawks at the moment. Those two have played the Admirals in 5 games this season and combined for 8 goals. The rest of the IceHogs offense against the Admirals has produced 11 goals.

The Admirals are 3-2-0-0 so far this season against the IceHogs. They have also won both trips into Rockford and outscored the IceHogs 10-5 along the way. These two won’t see each other again until February 9th in Rockford.

What are your expectation’s for today’s game against the Rockford IceHogs? Will the Milwaukee Admirals finally get back to winning multiple games at a time? With the IceHogs playing a shootout game last night how important is it for the Admirals to push the pace early and take the IceHogs gas tank out come game’s end?

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