Editors note: Please welcome Sutty back to the Roundtable for his first post of the season! -RM
The Admirals got more trick than treat on Sunday at the Bradley Center as they played host to the Texas Stars. In the last of a ‘3 games in 3 days’ set for the Admirals, they fell to the Stars 5-3.
Coach Muller, with the summary.
The Admirals struck first with a great shot from Ryan Ellis 2:23 into the first. The Ads put a shot on net from close, then the puck was redirected to the point. Ellis corraled the puck and fired a shot from just above the near circle that beat a screened Richard Bachman.
The Stars answered back on the Power Play at the 16:54 mark. It was an odd goal but a goal none the less. Raymond Sawada was attacking the zone with a defender right on him. Sawada made an attempt at a shot and fanned on it, but recovered and got another attempt that succeded in beating Jeremy Smith. The play looked odd but it was great concentration by Sawada to finish the play and tie the game.
Coach Muller talks about the talented Texas power play.
Right before the first period came to an end Mark Van Guilder had an absolutly fantastic goal. For reference and validity I will not exagerate or embelish… MVG entered the zone and was confronted by Stars’ D-man Phillip Larsen. MVG absolutly and completly undressed Larsen with a deke leaving his jock strap on the ice. MVG then skated in on Bachman (who was in awe of what he just saw) and put the puck past the goalie to give the Ads a 2-1 lead. After the goal, MVG reached into the net grabbed the puck and skated up to Larsen and bit the puck in half. He was then heard saying something like “’cause thats what men do”. MVG then skated off the ice, casually chewing on the other half of the puck. Okay, okay, I made some of that up. He didn’t eat the other half…he was saving it for dinner.
The second period also had 3 goals in it with the first going to the Stars’ Matt Fraser. Fraser got in past the defense and was able to go 5 hole off of a Ray Sawada rebound.
I am sure it’s a goal that Smitty would like to have back, and I can assure you that isn’t the only one. Just under two minutes later with Michael Latta in the sin bin serving two minutes for a holding call, Travis Morin was the receipient of a goal that just trickled in. The shot was initally slowed down by Smith, but it got past him. Smith spun around to find the puck slowly sliding towards the back of the net, giving the Stars their first lead of the game.
The Admirals would knot up the game at the 7:02 mark off of a great redirect by Zack Stortini. Victor Bartley got the puck at the point and fired a shot on net. I initially thought that Bartley got the score but upon further review Stortini got his stick on it and redirected it. This was another great job of the Milwaukee Admirals getting traffic in front and getting results.
Coach Muller liked seeing secondary scoring from guys like Stortini and Van Guilder.
The stalemate was finally broken late in the 3rd when Tomas Vincour scored for the Stars on yet another goal I bet Smith wishes he could have again. Ryan Garbutt chased down the puck into the corner threw a centering pass to Vincour who was all alone between the circles. He fired a shot on net that just flat out beat Smith who looked to be in good position.
The Stars would go on to seal the deal with an empty net goal giving them the 5-3 victory.
Here’s what Coach Muller says they’ll need to work on this week to start November better than the way they ended October.
Questions: Just an off day for Smitty? How did you see the goals? Soft or not his fault? Did they look tired by the end of the weekend? 10 goals against in two days….Oucheroo! Better game from Ellis tonight in general? Did you like the line combos they did without Thanger in the lineup? What kind of candy did you get this year? Ryan got an intro? What was that?????