Admirals Fall to IceHogs
Goalie Scott Darling stopped 38 shots to lead the Rockford IceHogs to a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday in Rockford, IL.
It was Rockford’s first win against Milwaukee since Feb. 22, 2014, a span of eight games.
Darling, a former Admirals goalie, faced 40 shots and was able to turn aside all but two in winning his first game against his former team.
The IceHogs claimed the lead at 8:49 of the first period with a power play goal off the stick of defenseman Kyle Cumiskey. Cumiskey’s shot from the middle of the blue line found its way through traffic in front of goalie Marek Mazanec and off the left post into the net. It was Rockford’s first power play goal against the Admirals this season in ten attempts.
Rockford took a 2-0 lead at 3:26 of the second period when Dennis Rasmussen tapped in a rebound of a Zach Miskovic shot for his fourth goal of the season.
The Admirals cut the lead in half when Garrett Noonan scored his third goal of the season at 7:10 of the second period. It came five seconds after Milwaukee’s first power play ended. Pontus Aberg dropped the puck to the point for Anthony Bitetto. He steered a pass to the right circle for Noonan’s one-timer which found the back of the net.
Milwaukee tied the game at 13:47 of the second period. With both teams playing short one man due to matching unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, Miikka Salomaki carried the puck across the IceHogs blue line on the left wing. He slid a pass to Taylor Aronson who passed to the right circle for Brendan Leipsic. Leipsic fired a shot inside the left post for his first professional goal.
Rockford reclaimed the lead at 16:57 of the second period when T.J. Brennan scored a power play goal with a shot from the right circle over the glove of Mazanec. It ended up being the game-winner.
The 40 shots for Milwaukee are a season-high.
The Admirals conclude their first three-in-three of the season when they head to Iowa Sunday afternoon to take on the Wild at 5 pm. Milwaukee's next home game is against Chicago Wednesday, November 26 at 7 pm.
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