That’s the answer Coach Lane Lambert gave after the game, when asked about what kind of an adjustment he’d like to see from his team when the series resumes in Houston Tuesday.
The Admirals laid a bit of an egg at the Bradley Center Sunday evening, held scoreless by the Houston Aeros, evening the series at one game apiece. 2-0 was the final score.
Rather than cherry pick some Coach quotes, we’ll give you the full unedited raw audio. You can’t get this stuff on pay per view, ya’ll.
The Aeros were first to strike while Michael Latta and Grant Lewis were getting cozy in the sin bin, giving the Aeros the 5 on 3 advantage. At 11:47 it was Warren Peters that beat Jeremy Smith off a juicy rebound to give the Aeros the lead. The play started with the Aeros sending the puck around the point from station to station when they found Casey Wellman down low. Wellman tried a stuff attempt from point blank, resulting in the puck to coming out to the slot, and ending in a very easy goal for Peters.
The second goal for the Aeros was an odd man rush in the 3rd period created by a sloppy turnover just inside the offensive blue line. With 3 Aeros players on the break out against two defensemen, the Aeros made one pass to the near side circle, where Colton Gillies fired a shot that beat Smith top right. Ryan and I were trying to figure out what the Admirals’ forwards were doing. The only thing we could figure was that they were checking out the out-of-town scoreboard on the corner matrix boards, maybe checking out the Caps vs Bolts game. The turnover at the blue line is what caused the rush, but the forwards didn’t seem all that interested in getting back to help.
The Admirals finished 0-6 on the power play, and were whistled for a couple of minor penalties down the stretch to further thwart any kind of flow or momentum.
Notes and Questions:
We would give you the lines but they were shuffled more than a paying dealer at Potowatomi.
How about the ‘ATO line’ of Watson, Conacher, and Latta?
Ellis: Buying or selling after two games? Or, too early to tell?
How would you grade Smiths performance from 1-10? With 1 being the backup goalie for the Islanders and 10 being ‘The Pekka’…
We did enjoy watching him scamper back on to the ice after starting a shift on the bench. Don’t think I had ever seen a line change bringing the goalie back on.
What was the most frustrating part of this game for you? Were the Ads that bad or were Hackett and Company that good today? Did this look anything like the team that took care of the Texas Stars?