The Admirals took on the Rockford IceHogs in a brief home-and-home series before the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday. They swept their Central Division foes, improving to a 31-8-6 record on the season.
Connor Ingram, Alexandre Carrier and Karl Taylor participated in the AHL All-Star Classic in Ontario, California; Yakov Trenin was unavailable for the event due to a recall to Nashville.
Milwaukee resumes play this Friday when they travel to Chicago to take on the Wolves before heading to Rockford for a Saturday night match-up with the IceHogs.
- On Friday, Milwaukee returned defender Arvin Atwal on loan to Florida [ECHL]
- Over the weekend, Frederick Gaudreau moved into fourth place on the Admirals’ all-time goal leaders list with 74
- On Saturday, Frederick Gaudreau skated in his 262nd Admirals game, which is tied for seventh most in franchise history (with Cal O’Reilly and Chris Mueller)
- On Sunday, Nashville recalled forwards Colton Sissons and Yakov Trenin and defender Jarred Tinordi from Milwaukee
- Connor Ingram took home the Top Goalie honors at the 2020 AHL Skills Competition alongside Alex Nedeljkovic (Charlotte) and Vitek Vanecek (Hershey)
Stats and Standings
Yakov Trenin, in his brief return to the Admirals, continued his impressive offensive output, helping lead the way for Milwaukee against Rockford. As Cole Schneider remains out, forward lines have been paced by production from Rem Pitlick, Michael McCarron and Anthony Richard.
On defense, Frederic Allard continues his stellar play while the Davies-Santini pair has maintained its ‘fun’ hockey reputation by being on ice for the most goals for and goals against at even strength this season among the six regularly-skating defenders. Expect Josh Healey to draw back into the lineup with Tinordi in Nashville.
January 24 vs. Rockford IceHogs
This contest was aggressive in every sense of the word. Rockford and Milwaukee combined for five goals in the first period alone, with the Admirals’ three coming in an eight-minute span. That period also saw a major dust-up between Joseph Cramarossa and Michael McCarron in which both received 10-minute misconducts.
In period two, the Admirals layered on more offense, striking three times (twice on the power play), but allowed two markers from Rockford, too.
Daniel Carr scored the lone goal of the third period, and Milwaukee took two points as the two teams combined for 19 minor penalties, two major penalties and two misconducts.
January 25 @ Rockford IceHogs
Rockford got out to a quick start in this one, cashing in on a power play goal halfway through the first period. But Eeli Tolvanen responded under two minutes later and it was a Milwaukee onslaught from then on.
Michael McCarron, Tanner Jeannot and Daniel Carr combined for four goals as the Admirals decimated the IceHogs and minimized their power play chances the rest of the night.
Players of the Week
Tanner Jeannot (F): I’ve been quietly impressed with Jeannot this season after an early-year demotion to the ECHL. In the two games this past week, he recorded a goal and an assist and has now surpassed his 2018-19 totals in a similar amount of games (14 points).
His role is perfectly calculated to his game as a fourth-line winger, but one thing I didn’t expect is how much he’s contributing offensively. Of Jeannot’s 14 points, 11 of them are primary points at even strength, and he’s recorded a primary point on 68.75% of the 16 even-strength goals he’s been on the ice for - the second best rate on the team. [ED]
Michael McCarron (F): McCarron has recorded four points (all goals) in nine games with the Admirals and two of them came this weekend against Rockford. In the first outing, however, McCarron racked up 21 minutes in penalties.
His drive to the net and the screen he provides can be truly unbeatable at times, and it’s been interesting watching him settle into a groove centering Anthony Richard. [RK]
The AHL All-Star event hosted by the Ontario Reign was tons of fun. It may not get the fanfare that the NHL’s weekend does but, honestly, the product may have been better. If you weren’t paying attention, you missed Martin Frk besting Chara’s fastest shot record, hitting 109.2 MPH, and you may have missed Connor Ingram with some electrifying saves in net as he took home top goalie honors:
But, more curiously, you almost definitely missed some intriguing AHL news. It’s been expected now for some time that Vegas plans to buy an AHL franchise and move them closer to the desert, but we got some further detail on that in the past couple days.
Currently Vegas is affiliated with the Chicago Wolves, but new reports suggest the team may buy a franchise and move them to Henderson as the ‘Silver Knights’ as early as next season. This would, essentially, leave the Wolves out in the cold, and I’m not sure which franchise it may be, but there have been whispers about the Blackhawks switching affiliation to the Wolves from Rockford, too.
Musings and Observations, courtesy of Rachel and Eric:
- Rachel and I were recently discussing how bizarre of a pair Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies are. Davies is capable and Santini isn’t an awful skater or puck-mover, but his decision making is perplexing. They average 2.99 goals for per 60 minutes (team high) and 1.65 goals against per 60 minutes (just a shade under Tinordi’s 1.71 mark).
- There have been some recent armchair GM calls to promote Connor Ingram. At 16.608 GSAA this season, he’s been remarkable. I said during training camp that the organization will have an interesting decision in net to make this summer; he’s NHL-ready.
- It’s refreshing to see Eeli Tolvanen find the score sheet more lately. He’s got five points in his last six games and seems to meshing well with Rem Pitlick and Miikka Salomaki. He’s on pace for just two points less than his 2018-19 total and his 8.06% shooting rate doesn’t look as horrendous anymore.
- I wonder about Josh Wilkins. He’s obviously struggled with just 13 points in 43 games and it’s more rare he finish a game with a shot on net than without. But, all that comes in a fourth-line role with two fourth-line wingers. Regardless, you have to imagine he could shoot a bit more (38 SOG). His 20 goals against at even strength is the second-worst mark on the team behind Tolvanen (22).