What a week it was for the Milwaukee Admirals. After winning two games with Pekka Rinne, the team has not slowed down. In their current four game winning streak, they have scored 25 goals and have allowed seven. Besides winning, they have added two new players, said goodbye to two (one for good), and lost somebody important to an injury. More after the jump.
Before the game reviews, here is a rundown of all the important personnel happenings with the club.
- Friday Morning – Calle Jarnkrok joins team from Grand Rapids.
- Friday Night vs Rockford – Simon Moser is a victim of a cheapshot, which caused this brawl. Moser was seen in a sling after the game, and expected to be out long-term.
- Friday Night vs Rockford – Patrick Cehlin was hit in the head from a dirty check by Icehogs player Brad Mills. Cehlin missed Saturday's game but participated in morning skate this morning.
- Sunday – Admirals loan Kevin Henderson to the Texas Stars in exchange for Francis Wathier. A loan is basically a trade, but the parent club still owns the players rights.
- Monday – Colton Sissons is recalled by Nashville.
With the Preds' trading David Legwand to Detroit, the Nashville organization received prospect Calle Jarnkrok, veteran Patrick Eaves, and a draft pick. That prospect, Jarnkrok, has been a thorn in the sides of the Admirals all season long while a member of the Grand Rapids Griffins. Thorn no more, he now is on our side.
Jarnkrok arrived on Friday, and was quickly inserted into a line with Filip Forsberg and Taylor Beck before that night's game against the Rockford Icehogs.
Colton Sissons, the Admirals' leading scorer and now skating for the Predators, got the scoring started off with a powerplay goal about nine minutes into the first.
After the first intermission, the Admirals struck again on the PP. Vinny Saponari scored his twelfth of the season on a bad Rockford turnover at 2:27.
After Miikka Salomaki's thirteenth of the year, Sissons put his second goal of the game in net after a juicy rebound to make it 4-0.
The Icehogs then added a goal, but Milwaukee got it right back from Mathieu Tousignant at 16:12 of the second.
That's when things started to get a little whacky in this game. Rockford's Bobby Shea targeted Moser and then the Admirals stuck up for him in a big way. Here is the Brawl again. Shame the officials stopped the goalie fight, but was probably for the best.
Right after Tousignant scored his second of the game, to make it 8-3 Ads, Admirals' Mike Liambas got in it with Rockford's Brad Mills. Mills dirty hit on Patrick Cehlin didn't sit too well with the Admirals enforcer.
After that wrapped up, seldom fighter Scot Valentine absolutely CRUSHED Rockford's Shea in a bout that was no doubt for the dirty hit on Moser.
The Admirals won the game 8-3 in a high-emotion beatdown. Marek Mazanec stopped 22 of 25 shots, on his way to the win. 88 of the games 108 penalty minutes came in the third period. All 12 minutes of the full game highlights can be found here.
Guess what? The same two teams were at it again the next night in Rockford.
Tousignant dropped the gloves only 37 seconds into the game as he fought with Garret Ross, then two minutes later, Kevin Henderson dropped his in attempt to fight Rockford's Phillip Danault.
Sissons scored first at 9:39 to give the Ads a 1-0 lead off a tipped in shot by Bryan Rodney.
Forsberg scored to break a 1-1 tie in the second period, on a breakaway with an assist from Jarnkrok. The Icehogs answered back to make it 2-2.
Salomaki gave the Admirals the lead again with 90 seconds left in the second with his fourteenth goal of the season. Jarnkrok then scored his third goal as an Admiral on a PPG to make the score 4-2 Admirals after two periods.
In the third, Sissons scored again to push his team-high goal total to 24, and Joonas Rask added an empty netter, en route to a 6-2 Admirals victory. Mazanec again started, and stopped 28 shots.
With Rockford only two points ahead of the Admirals in the standings, and with three games left against them, things are bound to only get more interesting.
The Admirals will take on the Iowa Wild tomorrow night in Milwaukee, before welcoming back the Icehogs on Friday and the Rampage on Saturday.
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