MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Admirals got on the board less than three minutes into the game, but were stifled by Rockford goalie Carter Hutton the rest of the way as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the IceHogs Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The win pushed Hutton’s career record against Milwaukee to 10-2 and came on his 27th birthday.
The early goal for the Ads came from Juuso Puustinen, who scored just 2:51 into the game when he collected the rebound of a Cam Reid shot and beat Hutton. Jani Lajunen also picked up an assist on the play.
Rockford tied it up at the 5:54 mark when Brandon Pirri scored from the top of the crease for his eighth of the season.
Andrew Shaw put the Hogs up 2-1 with the eventual game winner at 8:51 of the first period. Philippe Paradis held the puck in the right corner and sent a tape-to-tape pass to a crashing Shaw, who chipped the puck over the blocker of Ads netminder Magnus Hellberg.
The Hogs got their third straight goal with just over five minutes to play in the first when Jeremy Morin dumped the puck from the neutral zone and the puck turned a funny bounce and got by Hellberg.
Jeremy Smith replaced Hellberg in net to start the second period and the two teams combined for 23 shots in the second period, but neither squad could find the back of the net.
The third period was also scoreless, although the Admirals had a number of quality scoring chances and four power-play opportunites. However Hutton and the Hogs defense stood tall.
The Admirals will look to get revenge on the Hogs as they face-off again on Friday night at the BMO Harris BC at 7:00 pm.