Geoffrion, Ads Make Rockford See Red
Milwaukee, WI—Adorned in special red jerseys, the Milwaukee Admirals and the famous University of Wisconsin Marching Band came together and put on a show for the fans at the Bradley Center on Friday night as the Admirals won 4-2 against the Rockford Ice Hogs.
Former Badger Blake Geoffrion lived up the billing on his bobblehead night as he posted four points on the night (1g-3a), including the game winner, as he continued his hot play. In his last three games, the reigning AHL Player of the Week has totaled ten points on four goals and six assists.
In the first period each team came out slow as neither could put the puck into the back of the net. The Admirals had three opportunities in the first period to capitalize on power-play chances but were denied by the Hogs, holding the score 0-0 going after one.
The Hogs went up 1-0 at the 3:09 mark into the second as defensemen Wade Brookbank scored his second goal of the season. The Hogs got the puck moving as defensemen Brian Connelly ripped a shot off, but the puck then deflected off successor Brookbank where he redirected the go ahead goal past Admirals goaltender Mark Dekanich.
The Admirals would answer three minuets later at 6:09 as left wing Linus Klasen driove through the slot to open up defensemen Brett Palin on the far dot. Palin took a quick shot that would make it past Ice Hogs goaltender Hannu Toivonen and give Palin his first as an Admiral and his first of the season. Geoffrion was also credited with an assist on the play.
Later on at the seventeenth minute the Admirals scored another goal, this one from Ryan Thang. Geoffrion received a pass in the high slot from Jonathon Blum, who was near boards. Geoffrion settled the puck and with little hesitation the Admiral fired a slap shot that was deflected off Thang and past netminder Toivonen.
The Admirals continued with their third goal in the third period from Geoffrion at 11:46. The Wisconsin alum made his highlight of the night as he carried the puck from behind the net to the top of the slot where he then blasted a shot towards Toivonen where it skipped off his right leg pad and into the net. Roman Josi and Gabriel Bourque received assists on the goal.
Rockford responded quickly, however, as center Jeff Taffe took on two Admirals in the attacking zone, desperately chopping at the puck before finally sending it past netminder Dekanich at 12:35 of the third.
The IceHogs used an extra attacker as they pulled goaltender Toivonen, but it did not work out as Palin scored on an empty net at 19:11.
The Admirals won and exited to the Wisconsin Marching Band on the Ice for the fourth period. Mark Dekanich turned aside 26 of the 28 shots he faced for his 19th win of the season. The Admirals points came from Geoffrion (1g-3a), Palin (2g), Thang (1g), Blum (1a), Josi (1a), Klasen (1a), and Borque (1a).
The Admirals travel to Grand Rapids Saturday night before returning to the Bradley Center next Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest with the Peoria Rivermen. Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at or logging on to milwaukeeadmirals.com. Group discounts are available starting with just ten people and get a minimum of $2 off the face value. For more information or to purchase group tickets fans can call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550 or visit milwaukeeadmirals.com. Don’t forget to follow the Admirals on Twitter (@mkeadmirals) and on Facebook!