Admirals Shake Off Bad Loss With 3-2 Win

After a bad bounce led to a quick Barons score 30 seconds into the game, the Admirals scored three of their own in the first period, and cruised to a 3-2 win over the Oklahoma City Barons.

Coach Muller says it was a team win.

As previously alluded to, the Barons took the 1-0 lead just 30 seconds into the contest.  As the Barons were entering the zone from the near side, Alex Plante sent the puck around the glass. Harmless enough, right? Jeremy Smith skated out behind the net to play the puck. Sounds logical, right? As the puck was about to reach Smith it hit a seam in the glass and shot out into the slot where Phillippe Cornet had what will be probably one of the easiest goals of his career. It was one of those, “what’ya gonna do” plays.

After the first goal it would have been easy for the Admirals to put their head down and say “it’s not our day again”. Instead they bounced right back with a  Mark Van Guilder goal. At the 8:33 mark, Ryan Flynn had the puck behind the net with a defender crashing on him. Flynn dished a great pass to MVG who redirected it past David LeNeveu, tying the game at 1.

The Admirals wern’t done yet. They only needed 1:20 to light the lamp again. This time it was on the Mountain Fury Power Play. (Serioulsy where is our internet money Roundys? Pay up.) Ryan Ellis had the puck at the point and fired a rocket that was deflected in traffic. The puck was re-directed to the far circle where Juuso Puustinen put a slap shot on net to beat LeNeveu short-side and give the Ads a 2-1 lead.

But wait! There’s more! About a minute and a half later, the Barons’ Taylor Chorney had a pretty bad turnover — reminiscent of Roman Josi’s from the last game. Chorney tried to pass the puck up to a player on his own team, the puck wasn’t even close and instead found Kyle Wilson’s stick. Wilson skated in uncontested and fired a shot that beat LeNeveu to give the Ads their 3rd goal of the period.

Three goals in six minutes.  Coach said it was good they capitalized when they did.

The Barons finally put up a crooked number with about four and a half minutes left in the game.  Chorney had the puck at the point. He fired a shot on net that was redirected by Phillippe Cornet. The puck somehow found light behind Smith off the redirect and cut the Barons deficit to one.

That was as close as they would get as the Admirals held on for a 3-2 final.

Notes:

Some shuffled lines tonight.

Bourque – Mueller – Stortini
Wilson – Van Guilder – Flynn
Thang – Latta – Beck
Ryan – Lajunen – Puustinen

After the first 3 goals I thought David LeNeveu really played well. He had some HUGE saves; among them some dandies against Roman Josi.

The Barons recorded 17 official shots on net (a few were added after the game). That sure makes life easy for a goaltender when you can keep the other team from him.

The Barons were a team playing their third in three days, after playing the first two at home, splitting a pair of games with the Charlotte Checkers.  They looked a bit tired.  But that’s life in the AHL, Holmes.

Questions:  Josi look better to you tonight?  Like the new line combos?  I don’t want to hear about the officiating…both teams got away with some stuff in the 3rd.  Do you think the team was able to keep the pressure on over the last 45 minutes or did you see a form of the prevent defense out there?  Ready to see Chicago again next Friday?  What was the funniest thing a player said to you during the camera night festivities?

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7 Responses to Admirals Shake Off Bad Loss With 3-2 Win

  1. Mark Sumner says:

    I don’t like Stortini with the Bourque/Mueller line. Swap him with either Thang or Wilson, but that’s just me. My first game since opening night (work and vacation kept me away) so it was nice to see a W after so much time away!

  2. CreedFeed says:

    I agree with Stortini with Mueller and Bourque. Maybe stick Wilson with Latta/Beck, Thang with Mueller/Bourque and Stortini with Flynn/MVG? I like Lajunen and Pusstinen together though. I’ve been real impressed with Lajunen just for his smart play. He forechecks well yet gets back defensively when need be. He also moves the puck well. Is it me or has Stortini been mostly invisible?

  3. CreedFeed says:

    ^ That should say I agree with Mark on Stortini with Mueller and Bourque… lol

  4. Taylor says:

    I thought Strortini was here to fight/bring energy and all that? Where has he been, especially against Chicago?

  5. Griffin says:

    Yeah, not a fan of the line shuffling at all. Has Thang scored since being taken off of Mueller’s line? And who puts a fighter/bruiser on the 1st line??? We had two really great high-powered lines to start the season and we went unbeaten for how long? Put ‘em back together. Not that I want to complain after a win. Happy to see MVG on the score sheet!

  6. Ryan says:

    I don’t think anyone is “here to fight”. He certainly is able to, but if I ask Coach Muller what Storts’ role is, it won’t be “Fighter”. I was surprised to see him with new linemates, but I don’t have a problem with his performance so far this year.

    As for Thang….bit of a try spell since his cup of coffee in Nashville. He doesn’t seem like a moper…but hopefully he kicks this dry spell sooner than Thuresson did last year…

  7. CreedFeed says:

    I think the difference between Thang and Thuresson is that Thang hasn’t been invisible. He’s had some chances and has been playing well overall, he just hasn’t shown up on the score sheet.

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