No matter if Admirals won or lost at least the fans were going home with a great parting gift as tonight’s promotion was a Sheriff Scott Ford bobblehead. As it were, they were able to take home a win too, as the Admirals defeated the Texas Stars 2-1 at the Bradley Center Saturday night.
After being losers of 5 of their last 6 games, Coach Herbers said it was important to get those two points.
The Admirals were the first to dent the scoreboard, and the goal came on a Mountain Fury Power Play. At 8:32 Victor Bartley had the puck at the point. He sent a pass to the far side just above the circle to Taylor Beck, who one-timed a pass to Juuso Puustinen, who was inside the near cirle. Puustinen wasted no time in firing on net to beat Stars’ goaltender Andrew Raycroft. This was a great bang-bang goal type of play. See the great passing for yourself.
It only took the Admirals 1:15 to score another goal, and this time it was Joel Champagne doing the damage. Champagne had the puck behind the net and passed it across the trapezoid to Ryan Flynn, who attempted a wrap-around. Flynn’s attempt was unsuccessful, but Champagne, who was following the play, picked up the rebound and fired it home adding to the Admirals’ lead.
The Stars answered back with just under 4 minutes left in the first period. Jon Blum had the puck at the offensive near-side point when he attempted to fire a shot on net. In the process of shooting his stick snapped in two, sending the puck right to Colton Sceviour, who then took off down the ice, with a stickless Blum trying to defend. Sceviour put a shot on net that Jeremy Smith initially stopped. Smith layed out on his belly to corrall the puck using his stick to hook the puck back into his body. He never fully covered the puck and Mike Hedden grabbed the loose puck and just tapped it home, halving the Admirals lead to just one goal. With Smith on his belly there wasnt much he could do as he completly sold out to covering the puck. What I will say is that the Admirals didn’t seem like they had much urgency on the back check considering one of the D men was without his stick. And here’s what Smitty said about the goal.
Then not a lot happened after that….until the final minute of the game. Ryan Garbutt took a shot at Ryan Thang’s head. Just two minutes for roughing, was the call for Garbutt. And then the Stars were upset about something. Confused? So was Coach Herbers.
- The game clocked in at a brisk 2 hours 17 minutes tonight. Not a lot of whistles in the second half of the game.
- The Bradley Center got their first look at Brodie Dupont tonight. Which is interesting…because he was a lot like Dante….he wasn’t even supposed to be here today.
- Good crowd, but I dock them a few points for doing the wave. Seriously. The water is frozen. There shouldn’t be any waves.
- Blake Geoffrion. If he’s already afraid to go into corners, the hit he took on an offsides play didn’t help him get over that fear. Blake missed the rest of the game after that hit. Coach said he hadn’t talked to the trainer yet, but called it an upper-body injury. And if you couple that with the Mueller callup, and some question about whether Dupont will go 3-in-3 this weekend….that may leave the Ads with just 10 forwards for tomorrow, if nobody can get gere from Cincy in time for the early game. Time for some Voodoo Rosternomics.
- Quick turnaround….1pm against the Lake Erie Monsters tomorrow. Here’s Coach on the matchup.
-And finally….geez Ryan, could you read those promos any faster???
Thoughts on the the Geoffrion or Thang hits? Anybody leave their personal belongings under their seats, since they knew they’d be back here in about 15 hours or so? If a D-man had to play forward tomorrow, who do you think it should be?