The Admirals came into last night’s match up in the midst of their longest homestand of the season, looking to get a much needed win after dropping the last five in a row. It would not be an easy task as they faced the Midwest Division leading Rockford Ice Hogs. The Ice Hogs themselves entered the matchup reeling, losers of four of their last five. When these two teams met last week the Admirals were shut out.
Neither team was able to get anything going in the first period, as both goalies pitched the shutout on a combined 12 total shots. The Admirals defense played well in the period, actively intercepting the puck in the passing lanes. Still their offense was not able to muster up much of anything early, spending most of their time in their own zone, particularly on the power play opportunity when they struggled to advance the puck.
Ice Hogs Garret Ross broke the scoreless tie in the second period and later Pontus Aberg would add the Admirals only score of the game. The rookie Aberg leads the teams in goals this season with 10. T.J. Brennan of the Ice Hogs scored an early third period goal that would be the last score of the game for a 2-1 Rockford win.The Admirals again struggled with the power play in the beginning of the second period, only getting one shot attempt with the advantage on two attempts. They seemed tentative all night, passing up good looks at the goal trying to get a teammate a better look, which would lead to them not getting a shot at all.
When speaking about his team’s performance on the power play last night and during the losing streak in general, Coach Dean Evason said, “Our powerplay… There is no powerplay. It has to be better.” Over the last four games the Admirals are 0-17 on the power play. The Admirals have dropped the last six overall, and look to close out this homestand by picking up a win against Adirondack on Friday before heading out on the road next week.