Admirals Hogtied by Rockford
Milwaukee, WI-- The third place Milwaukee Admirals (18-10-2-4) gave up the game’s final three goals as they lost 4-1 against the Rockford IceHogs (13-13-1-4) at the Bradley Center Tuesday night.
In the loss, Dylan Hunter recorded his first goal as an Admiral this season, in just his third game with the team this year. Hunter has played most of the season with Cincinnati in the ECHL.
After a sluggish start by both teams, Rockford was able to net the first goal midway through the opening frame on a power play goal by Mathias Olimb. IceHogs center Olimb received a pass at the top of the point from fellow center Brandon Pirri and knocked a slap shot in at 10:54 to put Rockford up 1-0.
Milwaukee would not shy away as they notched the game-tying goal off of the stick of Hunter at 8:24 in the second period. Teemu Laakso unleashed a slap shot from the right point that bounced off of IceHogs goaltender Hannu Toivonen and landed in front of the net amongst a crowd of players. Hunter was able to get a stick on the puck and put it past Toivonen for his first goal in an Ads jersey since February 21 of last season. Laakso and Gabriel Bourque recorded assists on the goal.
That would sum up the scoring for Milwaukee on the night as Rockford was able to put away three more goals by the time the final buzzer sounded. The game winning goal came on the power play from IceHogs right winger Ben Smith with just 1:11 to go in the second. Smith corralled the puck at the right dot and let go a wrister that found its way over the glove of Ads goaltender Mark Dekanich for the tally.
With the score 2-1 Rockford center Evan Brophey picked up an unassisted goal to push the lead to 3-1. Dekanich made a glove save, but the puck went to the left circle where Brophey was there to flip the puck over the shoulder of Dekanich at 5:45 in the third period.
Rockford’s final goal came via an empty netter at 17:41. After multiple IceHog shots at the vacant goal, Smith was there to tap the puck in for his second and final goal of the night.
Toivonen picked up first star honors and the win as he turned away 22 of 23 Admirals shots and brought the IceHogs back to an even .500.
Dekanich recorded 25 saves and suffered just his fourth loss of the season (12-4) as he made his first start at home since spending two weeks on recall with the Predators.
Milwaukee will compete in their final home game of 2010 tomorrow at the Bradley Center when they lace up the skates against the sixth place Houston Aeros (18-5-1-2). The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive cowbells courtesy of Potawatomi Bingo Casino. Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster or logging on to milwaukeeadmirals.com. Season tickets for the 10-11 campaign are still on sale, starting at just $145. For more information or to purchase season 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!