Ads Cap Good Weekend With 3-1 Win Over Rampage

Five out of a six possible points?  That’s a good weekend.

With both teams playing their third game in three days Sunday afternoon, the Admirals were able to capitalize on Rampage mistakes, and win the matinee 3-1.

Here’s the Coach Ian Herbers High Level Summary, sponsored by Google Maps.


After a scoreless first period, Kyle Wilson put the Admirals on the board.  Scott Valentine carried the puck from the goal-line to just about the offensive blue-line, and he fired a wrister on net.  Former Admiral Dov Grumet-Morris didn’t send it to the corner or cover it….it kicked right out to the left face-off circle, where Wilson was crashing.  Grumet-Morris was far out of his net challenging Valentine’s shot, so he had some distance to get back in the net, and Wilson had lots of room to shoot.

The Rampage tied it up later in the second period while on a 5-on-3 power play.  Recent acquisition Jon Matsumoto was the recipient of a nice pass from Bill Thomas in the slot, and he finished a bang-bang play for the goal.

In the third period, it was a bad play by Nolan Yonkman that sparked the game-winner.  (We’ve seen that movie before, haven’t we?)  Yonkman tried to feed Scott Timmons to start a rush, but Kyle Wilson was able to control the puck and send it towards the net.  Ryan Flynn was all alone in front of Grumet-Morris, and was able to deflect it past him.

Two home games in a row where we’re talking to Flynn after the game.


Another two point night for Kyle Wilson, who coach said has been playing very well for quite some time.


Chris Mueller added his team-leading 24th goal of the season into an empty net with 40.3 seconds left.  The Ads iced the puck, but Mueller won the race, and had an easy tap-in after a friendly bounce from the end boards sent the puck back in front of the crease.

NOTES:

Same lines we’ve seen for a bit.

Henderson – Lajunen – Puustinen
Dupont – Mueller – Beck
Flynn – Wilson – Thang
Champagne – Ryan – Stortini

- Great to see them finish a team off in the third period.  Coach saw a lot of things that he liked tonight.


- Smith very sharp again in net.  Good weekend for the goalies.  One goal against in regulation each night.  Still being out-shot though….

- That’ll be the last we see of Ellis for awhile.  Here’s coach on his status, along with Laakso, Latta, and Van Guilder.


- This was my favorite moment from the post-game chat with the Coach.  Sorry Dave Boehler, I have to play the whole exchange.


Discussion Questions:

- You got three games with Ellis this weekend.  It was nice to have him back.  Do you think he’s going back to Nashville to pack his bags again in the next 24 hours?  Do you think the Preds have the cahones to deal him?

- Yonkman.  Did his play give you flashbacks

- Surprised Sloan got five minutes for his hug?  I kid….but he actually had a pretty good game, we thought.

- What’s wrong with Ryan Thang?  Too many coulda-woulda-shoulda’s from him.  He’s not finishing, and he needs to be finishing.

- Do you feel better about the team after this strong weekend?

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5 Responses to Ads Cap Good Weekend With 3-1 Win Over Rampage

  1. Great game!!!!

    I think Ellis will be back in TN before I finsih this post. His play was stellar, just wondering if it rubbed off on the other D-men.

    Yonks is still the man in my eyes. I know he has his faults, yet his play is solid.

    The real highlight of the night was Brodie Dupont hit. I felt it all the way up in section 441. I was very surprised that Yonks didn’t kick his @$% after the hit.

    Thang is just slumping a little. He is playing hard. it will turn around soon enough and he’ll be back to stellar form.

    Of note, how bad is MVG’s injury? Sure miss his hustle on the PP.

  2. adsfan says:

    Nolan; he never changes.

    Sloan and Dupont had the hits of the night. Selleck seemed to take exception to both hits, but they were clean ones. Mueller had one of the stranger goals that I have seen. Hustle man!

    The Ads can get back into the race with another weekend like this one.

    Thanger has to keep being the banger.

  3. Mark Sumner says:

    From the sounds of things, it looks like Nashville has the juevos, and if the rumors are true, it’s in Rick Nash’s hands to agree to the trade… It’s a ton to deal away, but isn’t the point of it all to win a Stanley Cup? Do what you feel is necessary to win, and by adding a top player in the league at his position, still in his prime, with another 5-6 years on his contract, it looks like a pretty good deal for both sides.

    Remember how exciting things picked up in Nashville when they went for Fisher last season? Mr. Underwood took them to the 2nd round of the playoffs, maybe Nash is the final piece of that puzzle.

    Big downside for us though, losing Laakso and Nashville losing Ellis, assuming that means Sloan or Bartley get called up and we’re hurting on defense.

  4. Griffin says:

    Had fun at this one. Nice big crowd just like Friday and the Ads produced. Love to see them getting back on track just in time. Thang has been quiet all year after his hot start and 1 game in Nashville. Mueller’s goal was great purely for the hustle just like adsfan said. Hard work pays off!
    Thanks for linking all the highlights on here now! Love it.

  5. Bonander says:

    Congrats, Ads. Love the win over the Rampage today, We in Texas host SA twice more this season, and hold a 12-3 (not counting OT/SO points) advantage at home against them all-time, maybe we can provide some help to yall there. Plus our home record is decent this year in general and we have more home games remaining than road. Our playoff hopes are all but dead, allowing me to root freely for the Ads.

    By the way, forgive the plug, but I’m doing occasional posts for InsideHockey on the Stars but really on the AHL and being an AHL fan, beginning with this one (http://insidehockey.com/i-hate-myself-for-loving-this-team). I’m also a freelance writer, journalist and e-book writer and editor, last October I published a collection of hockey quotations which can be seen from the Website link below. If anyone has a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or the free apps, I’d be happy to send you a free copy if interested.

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