MILWAUKEE – Before we look at tonight’s game, let’s kick off the post with a happy birthday to everyone’s favorite swamp soccer champ Juuso Puustinen, who turned the big 2-5 today. Congratulations Juuso, you can officially rent a vehicle in the state of Wisconsin! Had the team not had a grueling travel schedule to get to Charlotte for back-to-back games this weekend, I’m sure he would’ve gotten himself to the nearest Enterprise Rent-A-Car and tooled around in a nice mid-sized sedan for the weekend to celebrate.
Speaking of Puustinen, he had a hand in two of the Admirals three goals. The first goal, scored on the power-play, came just :08 into the man-advantage courtesy of quick passes from Cam Reid and Austin Watson.
He teamed up with Austin Watson and Daniel Bang in the final minutes of the second to tie the game at two-a-piece with a helper on Bang’s goal. Here are some thoughts on the goals from the man of the hour himself:
Milwaukee may have gotten on the board first, but it was Rockford that stole the show in the opening frame. The IceHogs were firing on all cylinders to say the least, scoring back-to-back goals (F Martin St. Pierre and Brad Mills) and putting 18 shots on goaltender Magnus Hellberg in the first 20 minutes alone.
Scott Valentine made things interesting with this ESPN Top Ten of the week submission, which is appropriately titled “Valentine scores while falling”:
The goal celebration hadn’t even been completed when Rockford’s Rostislav Olesz nabbed his second of the game (and ultimately, the game winner). With 1:24 left in the contest, Evason pulled Hellberg in favor of the extra attacked, but the team was unable to put any quality chances on Karlsson.
At the end of the day, the IceHogs put a season-high 47 shots on goal, while the Admirals put 34 shots on Karlsson. Milwaukee held Rockford 0/1 on the power-play, while the Ads went 1/2 when on the man-advantage.
According to Dave Boehler of the Journal-Sentinel, the team boarded a bus immediately after the game to Chicago, where they’ll spend the night before taking a flight out of Chicago to Charlotte in the morning.
And back to the Latta trade. Not going to lie. I got a little ping in my stomach when I say that there is a new player on the Admirals roster and he’s wearing #17. I had a couple minutes to kill before the game, so I thought of a few other numbers that could have been used instead of the number of a fan favorite that probably doesn’t even have his suitcase unpacked in Hershey. And before you get on my case, no, Marshall Everson’s number was not 17 at Harvard, so I’m not raining on anybody’s parade here. Here are some available, unretired numbers that Everson couldn’t wore whilst fans are still recovering from the news of the Latta trade: 3, 27, 42, and the 80′s and 90′s are wide open… Seriously, it’s too soon, Admirals jersey sewing people…
And for your viewing pleasure, here’s a bit of the post-game presser with coach Dean Evason. And look! He made a funny about Latta (it’s at the 2:27 mark). Aww…