IceHogs Lose To Admirals

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Two power-play goals from the Milwaukee Admirals (19-8-2-2) were too much for the Rockford IceHogs (11-17-2-3) to overcome in a 5-2 loss at the UW Panther Arena in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

The first power-play strike helped the Admirals gain a 1-0 lead in the opening period. Adam Payerl snuck behind the Rockford defense and found Trevor Murphy alone in front of the net. Murphy made a quick move to his backhand and slipped the puck past Lars Johansson at 8:44 for the lone score of the first frame.

Anthony Bitteto put Milwaukee on the board in the second period, picking up the team’s second power-play goal on a setup from Pontus Aberg to widen the Admirals lead, 2-0.

Carl Dahlstrom briefly brought the IceHogs back to within a goal. He took a feed from Sam Carrick, skated down the right wall and fired a wrist shot through traffic and into the top left corner of the net at 11:14. Milwaukee, however, responded with two goals of its own over a span of just 45 seconds, with Aberg scoring a one-timer goal from the left circle and Murphy adding his second of the game from the right point to give the Admirals a 4-1 lead after two period.

The IceHogs pulled goaltender Lars Johansson early in the third period only to see Justin Kirkland capitalize with an empty-net goal at 14:59. Chris DeSousa countered with his third goal of the year, but the IceHogs were unable to muster a comeback.

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