If the Admirals come out of every 3-in-3 set this year with four points, that’ll bode well for the team.
Both the Admirals and San Antonio Rampage were playing their third game in three days Sunday evening, but a pair of first period Admiral goals created a hill that was too steep for the Rampage to climb, as the Admirals were victorious 3-1.
Coach Muller says the last two games have been some of the most complete hockey the team has played this year.
Why has the team been good so far closing out the three-in-three sets?
At 10:04 of the first period, Kyle Wilson gathered the puck along the near side boards and sent a pass to Juuso ” I’d like to buy a U” Puustinen. Juuso fired a slapper that beat Brian Foster top left to give the Ads the early lead. Puusitinen did a great job of getting into the open area, but full credit goes to Wilson who got the pass right on the tape while fighting for the puck along the boards.
Just over 5 minutes later Chris Mueller got a great feed from Taylor Beck to give the Ads the 2-0 lead. With Beck behind the net he fought off a defender and sent a nifty “no look” pass to the slot where a crashing Mueller got his stick on it and put it towards Foster. It looked like Foster had it covered up, but either through a helping attempt by his own D-man or just sheer determination the puck squeezed though Foster’s 5 hole and trickled across the line for the goal.
The Rampage struck back at 14:30 of the second period with Bracken Kearns getting the tally. Kearns was skating in and attempted a shot on net when Victor Bartley went to the ice and deflected the shot. The puck bounced off of Bartley and was re-aquired by Kearns who fluttered a shot that beat Smith. It was a great second effort by Kearns to finish the play.
The Admirals went back on the attack right away. This time it was Ryan Ellis who found himself on the GOOD side of a scoring play giving the Ads the 3-1 lead. Just as Nolan Yonkman’s two minute sentence ended at the Penalty Box Penitentiary, Gabriel Bourque dished a pass from behind the net into the slot where it found Ellis’ stick. Ellis wasted no time in sending the puck towards the net, beating Foster, who looked like he was over-committed on Bourque.
And that would be all of the scoring for this game as the Admirals cruised to the 3-1 victory.
– As aforementioned, it was very nice to see Ellis find a way to help his team offensively especially since he has been the center of many discussions around our water cooler on his recent string of bad turnovers and their direct correlation to goals against. An improved game from him tonight, so Ryan Ellis — EYE Salute You.
– The Admirals again held their opponent to a low number of shots….it was 15 shots on goal tonight. We asked Coach what he credits for that.
– Joel Champagne returned to the lineup as Ben Ryan sat out. And this was the second straight game that Coach Muller went with Taylor Aronson instead of Scott Valentine on the D. Here are Coach’s thoughts on the lineup changes.
– Good cheese race tonight.
– So the week ahead. They’ll probably do what the rest of the hockey world will be doing….watch the griping reality television that will be Sidney Crosby’s return to action. It’ll be a TV event not unlike the first time they put a man on the moon. Everyone will remember where they were the night that Cindy Criesby was cleared to play an NHL game. Of course they saved it for November sweeps!!!
So that’ll happen. And then they’ll prepare for a pair of weekend games against the Charlotte Checkers after Thanksgiving.