Milwaukee, WI- The Milwaukee Admirals nine-game winning streak came to a stop when they were defeated in a 3-0 shut out again the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
“Very disappointing regardless of what has happened of in the past,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. “Tonight’s game was disappointing. We played a good hockey game but we turned the puck over [on the] first goal, we make a mistake on the second, we turn the puck over on the third goal. I honestly think we outchanced that hockey team tonight. Their goalie was great. I thought we had our chances to score. We just made some, for the lack of a better term, bonehead plays to hurt our hockey team.”
In December the losing streak was blamed on the players being to “fancy” with their puck handling. After the New Year it seemed as if they learned how to pass, shoot and skate more efficiently allowing them to win nine games in a row.
This was Milwaukee’s first game back after the All-Star Break but it was Grand Rapids’ second after defeating the Iowa Wild 6-0 on Thursday night.
“We should have been a fresher team,” Evanson said in regards to the break. “We skated yesterday, we were in the same boat as they are. We should have been fresher than they are. Mentally we should have been sharper than they are. Mentally was the difference in the hockey game. Maybe they were game-ready and mentally prepared for that game, and we weren’t.”
Friday night’s game was the Griffins second shutout in just two days. The Griffins host the Admirals tonight for their next meeting.
The Admirals play seven games over the next 14 days.