Admirals Frozen by IceHogs
Jan 12, 2008
Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee Admirals took a 2-0 lead into the third period, but couldn’t hold the lead and suffered their second shootout loss of the season Saturday night at the Bradley Center falling to the Rockford IceHogs 3-2.
The first period was marked by aggression and heated play, with Admirals defenseman Alex Henry being sent to the sin bin for fighting after just 2:48. Rockford geared up to capitalize on their man advantage but it was the Admirals who capitalized when Antti Pihlstrom potted his 16th goal of the season. Rich Peverley stole a puck off a sloppy pass and headed into the IceHogs’ zone, looping back around to find Alexander Sulzer near the blue line. Sulzer sent a wrister towards the net and Pihlstrom deflected the puck past Rockford netminder Corey Crawford.
Rockford’s luck continued to deteriorate throughout the period, with Admirals goalie Pekka Rinne denying12 shots to keep the IceHogs off the board and Milwaukee was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.
The Admirals picked up the lone goal of the second period when they came into the Rockford zone three-on-two and Peverley centered a pass to winger John Laliberte who lit the lamp for the first time this season.
Rockford then tied the score with Crawford on the bench in favor of an extra attacker when Derek Nesbitt lit the lamp with just 55 seconds to play in the game.
After a scoreless overtime, the two teams went to a shootout, but the Admirals saw Peverley, Matt Ellison, Mike Santorelli and Janne Niskala all denied by Crawford to the dismay of 6,052 Admirals fans in attendance. While Rinne kept Rockford off the board for two rounds, he was beaten by both Danny Richmond and Brouwer to clinch the win for the IceHogs.
Despite being handed the loss, Rinne played valiantly making an impressive 36 saves, the most he has made since October 24 versus Quad City.
The Admirals travel to Chicago to battle the Wolves on January 16, but return to the Bradley Center to take on the Manchester Monarchs on Friday January 18. Fans can purchase tickets for Saturday or any Admirals game by calling Ticketmaster at (414) 276-4545 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.