Gabriel Bourque scored the game winner with 4:21 left in the 3rd period to break the tie, and the Admirals swept the home and home series with Peoria, winning tonight 3-2.
Atte Engren rebounded from his poor outing in Charlotte and was sharp in net for the Ads tonight. His save of the game came in the last minute, stopping Admiral nemesis Brett Sterling with a right pad save after a Scott Valentine turnover.
Mark Van Guilder opened the scoring for the Admirals 9:28 into the game, being in the right place at the right time. The right place was by the left goal post. The right time was when the puck arrived there after a shot from Teemu Laakso went off of Joel Champagne in the slot, and went right to MVG.
The details of the second period are inconsquential. But it was the second straight game with a wild third period.
1:39 into the period, Mark Cundari had a big hit on Taylor Beck. Michael Latta took exception, and the two dropped the gloves. Cundari got five for the fight and two for interference, and Latta got five for the fight and a game misconduct. Here’s the rule mentioned in the box score. (46.12)
A player who engages in fisticuffs and whose elbow pad(s) are removed other than through the actions of his opponent in the altercation or through the actions of the Linesman, shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty.
So that ended Latta’s night.
A little over six minute later, Bourque was called for Yonking, and the Rivermen were able to tie the game. After Laakso fanned on a clearing attempt, the puck came to Jonathan Cheechoo at the bottom of the near circle, and he beat Engren to tie it up.
Bourque began to atone for the Yonking penalty by drawing a roughing penalty on Tyler Shattock at 13:39. The Admirals regained the lead with a Zack Stortini goal on that power play. He was the big man cleaning up in front of the crease after a Laakso shot from the point was saved by Jake Allen
That goal was the first of three to come in a span of 49 seconds.
Shortly after the goal, Laakso went to the box for interference, and it took the Rivermen just seven seconds of that power play to re-tie the game. TJ Hensick had a shot went over Engren’s shoulder — A shot he probably never saw due to a great screen from Cheechoo.
But again, the Admirals got right back at it, and Bourque scored the game winner, with assists from Ryan Thang, and Jani Lajunen.
The best part of that goal was listening to the public address announcer wrestle with the second assist….
“Assisted by #8 Ryan Thang, and #24….” Pause. Pause. Pause. “Jani” Pause Pause. “Lah-yoon-en”.
– With Mueller playing in Nashville, Lajunen got promoted to the Thang-Bourque line. Slaney moved to center, and played with Cahill and Stortini.
– The Admirals are now 4-0 VS Peoria this season, and have given up just 5 goals over those games. All five have been on the power play. The Admirals have owned 5×5 play.
– Mixed bag for Laakso tonight. Got some points, took a bad penalty, and fanned on the clearing attempt that led to the first Peoria goal. Still, it’s good to have him back.
– 3 stars of the game….1. Hensick, 2. Bourque, 3. Cheechoo. Sure. Okay. If you say so.
– So what next for Milwaukee? Their next home game is Friday against Grand Rapids, kicking off a 3-in-3 next weekend. Jordin Tootoo probably will be having a conversation with Shanahan this week, and depending on the verdict, there may be a call-up before the next Preds game. We’ll see.