Dekanich Shuts Down IceHogs
Apr 3, 2010
Mark Dekanich stopped 29 Rockford shots to earn his fourth shutout of the season while Andreas Thuresson and Teemu Laakso each notched three points to lead Milwaukee past the Icehogs Saturday night, 4-0 in Rockford.
Dekanich saw eight shots in the first period, ten in the second and 11 in the third.
Milwaukee struck first when Thuresson caught a long pass from Laakso at the IceHogs blue line then made a spin move to get around Rockford defenseman Shawn Lalonde. As Thuresson got to the right circle, he fed a pass to Dave Scatchard in the slot who fired a shot past goalie Hannu Toivonen for his 16th goal of the season at 4:06 of the first period.
The Admirals second goal was scored on the power play and, once again, included Laakso and Thuresson. With 30 seconds left in Milwaukee’s only power play of the first period, Laakso fed marty Murray at the right point. Murray’s slapshot was blocked by Rockford’s Richard Petiot but deflected to Thuresson for the quick goal. Thuresson’s 13th goal of the season was also his third power play tally.
Laakso and Thuresson both recorded their third points of the night at 4:57 of the second period as both garnered assists on Mike Santorelli’s team-leading 24th goal of the season. Laakso, again, made a long pass to Thuresson who crossed the IceHogs line on the left wing. Thuresson stopped and found Santorelli as a trailer. His wristshot from the high slot beat Toivonen to the stick side and gave the Admirals a 3-0 lead.
Hugh Jessiman scored his 20th goal of the season with assists to Jon Blum and Santorelli at 1:43 of the third period to ice the win for Milwaukee.
Peoria also won, so Milwaukee’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is four points.
The Admirals host Peoria Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm. Fans can buy tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of ten or more people receive a minimum of $2 off of each ticket. For more information or to order group tickets call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.