Since Ryan was walking around reading off of blue note cards for the game, you’ve got me for the recap again tonight. I apologize in advance.
The Admirals were looking to get that bad taste out of their mouth from the loss suffered at the hands of the IceHogs last night. They hosted the road weary Houston Aeros, who entered tonight’s matchup just 3 points behind the Ads. Still missing top producers Linus Klasen and Chris Mueller, the Admirals were forced to find production from elsewhere in the lineup. They found it in three different forwards, and were able to hang on for a 3-2 victory over the Aeros.
While a better effort than last night, Coach Lambert says it wasn’t a complete game. Here are some quotes.
Ryan Thang answered the call for offense halfway through the first. At the 9:18 mark, Matt Halischuk was skating the puck right between the circles when he was met by two Aeros defenders that jarred the puck loose. Thang was trailing Halischuk and in perfect position for said jarred puck. Thang put a slap shot on net that beat Anton Khudobin to give the Admirals the lead. The goal was Thang’s third on the year with the helper going to Hallischuck.
The lead would not last the period as the Aeros are able to score 16:17 into the stanza. What seemed to be a harmless shot from the point by Nate Prosser quickly turned into a dangerous redirect, resulting in an Aeros goal. With Prosser at the far point and an Admirals player crashing on him, he put the slap shot on net with traffic in front. Admirals Roundtable correspondents didn’t see who got a piece of it but the puck quickly went to the ground and beat goaltender Mark Dekanich glove side. I think the goal was Prosser’s way of sticking it to the Admirals production crew for putting him on the Harry’s Bar and Grille Kiss Cam with a teammate. (Where is Mitch Love when you need him?)
The Admirals came out for the second period determined to get more opportunities, however five more shots was all they could muster (wait, 5 shots? That’s all they got 5 GD shots? [ Ryan:] hey you can’t type GD on the Interweb. [Sutty] Don’t worry, they can’t read). Both teams looked sloppy at times but it was the Admirals once again that looked uncomfortable with each other. Way too many turnovers and not enough shooting. The Admirals power play in the second period gave me the impression that we had 5 Cal O’Reilly’s out there because no one wanted to SHOOT THE PUCK CAL!!!!!!! Sorry had a flash back right there.
The real story of the second period was MARK “I Just Bailed You Out” Dekanich. Not once, not twice, not even thrice. Dex was standing on his head for most all of the shots he faced. He defused a breakaway, he stonewalled a couple of great attempts from right in front, and I think I even saw him save a young child in section 209 who was choking on his pretzel with cheese. With any other goalie out there the score would most certainly be much larger in favor of the bad guys, but as it stood they were still tied 1-1.
Coach Lambert says Mark is responsible for the big win.
The third period got started with a bang and a pow. Just 1:35 into the third period Scott Ford shot a puck from the point that struck Aeros winger in the upper body. After striking the Aeros player the puck caromed over to Jamie Lundmark who was at the near side blue line. Lundmark was able to skate up a bit to the top of the circle and put a shot on net that glanced off Ryan Thang in front of the net, and deflected off the back glass. The puck still had enough juice behind it to bounce back to the front of the net on the other side to a waiting Matt Halischuk, who put the puck in the vacant net. The tally was Halischuk’s 7th on the year and good enough to give the Admirals the 2-1 lead.
Before the acclaimed Matt Moore (announcer extraordinaire) could utter those responsible for the goal Blake Geoffrion took a pass just inside the blue line from Mark Santorelli. Geoffrion wound up from the high-high slot and delivered a slap shot that beat Khudobin to give the Admirals the 3-1 lead. The Admirals, scoring two goals in less than 10 seconds, finally had the look of a confident team.
But as they say, the two-goal lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey, even if it was only for one minute and eight seconds. With Josi in the bin for tripping, the Aeros took advantage of the extra attacker. The play was eerily similar to something I have seen in the past. Like the very recent past. The Aeros’ Chad Rau (like in Street Fighter….haduiken! eh, close enough) fed a puck to the far side point to Maxim Noreau, who put a shot on net through traffic. Only on this shot we do know who redirected it. It was Cody Almond, who changed the course of the puck and beat Dex low glove side.
With the Admirals lead shrinking they had to buckle down, and buckle down they did. Even with the Aeros pulling the goalie with about 1:30 left in the final period the Admirals were able to hang on for the win.
Lane shuffled em up a bit tonight.
Bourque – Geoffrion – Santorelli
Wilson – Begin – Thuresson
Thang – Lundmark – Halischuk
Bartlett – Van Guilder – Hunter
BEST CROWD OF THE SEASON! For reals.
Let’s go straight to the questions for discussion:
Was this a good rebound game for Geoffrion? Better to fight with his scoring than his fists? (I don’t know what that even means). Should we have him do autograph corner EVERY night?
This just in. Through extensive research, fact finding, soul searching, mathematical analysis, and advanced calculus, it has been concluded that I, Andrew “Sutty” Sutliff, have scored as many goals as Andreas Thuresson in the last 28 games.
What else can we say about Mark Dekanich? He’s got the swagger.
Should the Admirals keep Bob Vila on retainer, just in case some more stuff breaks? I hear that was the second time a door has been broken from these new boards…
Grant Lewis got to play tonight.
Oh, you want to know why? Ok. Teemu Laakso has a lower body injury. He’s day-to-day….it’s not expected to be serious.
Did I mention it was the best crowd of the year?
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(BTW: Thanks to Andy Grebe for providing the sound clips)