Admirals Down Hogs, Take 2-0 Series Lead
Apr 18, 2009
Milwaukee, WI— For the second consecutive game, the Milwaukee Admirals defeated the Rockford IceHogs by a final score of 3-1 at the Bradley Center to give the Ads a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven West Division Semifinals.
The IceHogs lost the battle of momentum, going into both the first and second intermission with a goal deficit, giving the Admirals room to breathe both on and off the ice.
“I thought we played pretty solid the whole way through,” said Admirals Head Coach Lane Lambert. “In the third period I thought we were sitting back a little bit, which I don’t like to see, but overall I thought we had a really good start to the game.”
With the help of Patrick Hornqvist the Ads would take the 3-1 lead with 7:11 left in the game. Scoring his second goal in two playoff games, Hornqvist sniped a wrist shot over the glove of Crawford from the hash marks.
The first 12 minutes of play in the game was a continuous battle of back and forth action, including some vicious body checks and only two whistles.
Cody Franson struck first for Milwaukee at 18:49 of the 1st period with a wrist shot from the blue line that found its way through traffic and banked right off the post passed a screened Corey Crawford. Rookie Nick Spaling was credited with an assist on the play as well.
The Admirals went into the locker room to rest for the second period with a 1-0 lead, outshooting the IceHogs by 15-5.
Rockford evened it up at 1-1 in early in the second period. After a wrist shot from the right wing circle by Rob Klinkhammer, the puck bounced out to Evan Brophey who got the puck past MacIntyre. Following a discussion by the officials to determine whether the puck was kicked in, the goal stood and the game was tied.
Milwaukee would rebound from the goal and once again go into the intermission with the lead. With 2:12 remaining in the second, Hugh Jessiman shoved in a backhanded wrap-around goal. Both teams showed delay in recognizing the tally, however the players erupted in celebration when realizing that the puck was indeed in the back of the net. The assist was credited to Cal O’Reilly who notched three points in the first game of the series.
Drew MacIntyre stopped 24 of the 25 shots that he faced and for the second consecutive game he allowed just one goal in the game.
“He’s been making the timely save; the difficult save at the right time to keep the game either even or to keep us ahead in the game,” added Lambert.
The series now shifts to Rockford for game three on Sunday afternoon at 5:05 pm, and then game four on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.