There was not going to be a 3rd period collapse.
The Admirals kept the pedal to the metal, outshooting the Wolves 30-13 over the final two periods, en route to a huge 4-1 victory over Chicago, closing out this three game homestand.
The Admirals finished the homestand with 5 out of a possible 6 points, and will take to the road for the next 10 games. While 5 out of 6 sounds good, Coach Lane Lambert would have preferred all six.
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The Wolves were playing their third game in three nights, and didn’t seem to have the usual electricity in their play that we’re used to seeing from them. After Edward Pasquale had won the first three games of the season series against the Admirals, the Wolves didn’t even dress him tonight, electing to go with Peter Mannino in net, and Drew MacIntyre opening the bench door.
Likewise, Mark Dekanich made his first start of the season against the Wolves, and turned aside 26 of the 27 shots he faced. After the 14 shots he saw in the first period, he wasn’t particularly tested the rest of the way.
The Admirals scored the first goal on a shot from the point by Teemu Laakso. The shot went off of a Wolf defender and changed direction enough to get by Mannino.
Darren Haydar answered for the Wolves 3:16 later. He scores goals. That’s what he does.
But in the second period, the Admirals did something that we haven’t seen them do in awhile — they shifted into a higher gear.
Kelsey Wilson scored his 3rd of the year, again with a little bit of puck luck. Mark Van Guilder won the offensive zone faceoff back to Jon Blum at the near point. His slapshot busted his stick, as the blade went farther than the puck did. But the puck went right to Kelsey Wilson in the slot, who fired a shot that found the back of the net before Mannino could get back into position.
Mark “The Proof” Santorelli scored in his second straight game, this one a power play goal. Again, it was a Jon Blum shot from the post that got it going. Blum’s shot hit iron, but the rebound kicked to Santorelli on the right doorstep for the put-back.
Santorelli potted another power play goal at 13:29 of the 3rd. Roman Josi had a shot from the point that was saved by Mannino, but there was a scrum in front of the crease for the loose puck. Matt Halischuk got a stick on it, but couldn’t get a shot off. Santorelli was able to chip it it.
Don’t look now, but The Proof is 2nd on the team in goals behind Klasen.
Frustration really set in during the 3rd period for the Wolves. Darren Haydar was called for a retaliating slashing penalty after Gabriel Bourque went for a hard hit on him. The slash happened behind the play, and on an average night, would probably go unnoticed. But we had two referees tonight, and the trailing ref had the call.
Defenseman Boris Valabik let out some frustration on the backside of Jamie Lundmark’s head with about 6 minutes left in the game.
But the hit that stung the most was courtesy of Spencer Machacek. He had a blindside hit on Blake Geoffrion in the second period that sent him tumbling to the ice. Looked like he got his clock cleaned pretty good. No penalty was called on the play.
Blake skated off the ice with the trainer, and came back out for one shift later in the period, before missing the rest of the game. Here’s coach Lambert on the hit.
We can tell you that while we were waiting for Lane to come out, Blake came down the hallway in his suit and said hello on his way out to visit with folks. He didn’t come out with crutches or an ice pack on his head. But I’m not a doctor, and head shots are dangerous. We’ll follow up again with them this week on what his story is.
- Roman Josi and Jon Blum were paired together for most if not all of the game. And wow. Wow wow wow wow wow. Both played very well, especially on the power play. They were both on the ice for the last three Admiral goals. Josi had SEVEN shots. Either one of them can jump into the play to create scoring chances. They may end up being better than when Sulzer and Franson were paired together.
- This was the best I have seen them play all season with regards to putting pucks on net and then crashing the net. And they were good at it for 60 minutes. VERY high marks.
- Coach had one of his chalktalk sessions for the season ticket holders before the game, and I’d like to credit “D-La” for a great question in the Q&A session. Paraphrasing….she asked if there is any danger or worry of former players (ie: Nolan Yonkman) spilling the beans to their new teams about the Admirals systems. GREAT question. And Lane’s answer was pretty good too. They don’t worry about it so much. Yonkman probably can’t tell them anything more than what the coaches already know. The coaches spend a lot of time watching the film and they already have a good idea of what works and doesn’t work for opponents. The thing that they have to watch out for is a little extra adreniline from players who are facing their former team for the first time.
- Looked like Klasen was going to be held off the scoresheet for the game, but they later credited him with an assist on Laakso’s first goal.
- Aaron Johnson…. same old Aaron Johnson. Sigh.
- Cincy shutout Wheeling last night. Chet Pickard did not play. Drat. Their schedule this week is Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun.
Questions for discussion:
- Agree or disagree about the Blum-Josi pairing?
- Was this a “must win” game, heading into the long road trip against a team that had won three in a row against the Admirals?
- Do you like the two-referee system?
- The team is 2-0 with Jason Bohn as the timekeeper. Is Dean “The Dream” Zanoni’s job in jeopardy?