Admirals fall to Rockford 6-2

The Milwaukee Admirals face the Rockford IceHogs at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Jan. 8, 2022. (Courtesy: Milwaukee Admirals)

Egor Afanasyev and Anthony Richard scored goals for the Milwaukee Admirals, but it wasn’t enough as Rockford’s Brandon Pirri scored a hat trick to pace the IceHogs to a 6-2 win over the Admirals on Saturday night at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. 

Things didn’t start well for the Admirals as the IceHogs scored on their first two shots, both off the stick of the newly re-signed Pirri. The first was just 35 seconds into the game, and the second came at the 3:02 mark.

Milwaukee would cut that lead in half courtesy of Afanasyev’s fourth power-play goal of the season just over eight minutes into the second period. With the Admirals on the man-advantage, David Farrance faked a shot from the blueline and passed to Afanasyev, who sent a snapper over the left shoulder of IceHogs goalie Colin Delia.

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However, Rockford would get two more before the period was out, beginning with Adnrei Altybarmakian’s second of the season at 12:44, followed by a power-play score from Wyatt Kalynuk with 3:32 remaining in the sandwich stanza.

Richard picked up his second goal in as many games to cut the lead to 4-2 early in the third period. After a shot from Jeremy Davies pinballed around the crease, Richard pounced on an errant IceHogs pass, turned and fired over Delia’s glove at 4:53 of the third.

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Any hopes of a comeback for the Admirals were snuffed out when the IceHogs' Lukas Reichel scored from the left dot at 9:58 of the third. Pirri would pick up the hatty with an empty-net goal late in the third to seal things.

The Admirals look to rebound as they wrap up a three-game homestand when they host the Manitoba Moose next Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

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