It’s hard to speculate on what was going through the Admirals’ heads in that first period.
They might’ve had a period with fewer shots earlier this season, (one shot against OKC on Jan. 7th), but you could argue the first 20 minutes of Friday night’s 5-2 loss to Chicago was the worst the team’s played all season.
Alex Friesen opened the scoring for the Wolves 6:06 into the contest with a goal down low that beat Jeremy Smith over his right pad.
Taylor Beck committed a slashing penalty about three minutes later, and Chicago took advantage. Smith gave up a big rebound off of a blast from the blue line by Brad Hunt and Bill Sweatt was there to put it away.
We didn’t see Beck on the ice again after that penalty and Coach Dean Evason explained why.
The Ads used a time out after the goal, but it did little to help things.
Guillaume Desbiens made it 3-0 about 3 minutes later after he made Scott Valentine look silly.
The Wolves would get one more at 14:26 courtesy of Michael Davies.
Mike Moore talked about the atmosphere after the timeout and the team’s disappointment with the result.
Milwaukee came out flat in just about all facets of the game, getting outshot 14-7 in the first 20. But what stood out most was the defense (or lack thereof) and for that reason, Evason decided to keep Smitty in net for the second period.
The Ads couldn’t do anything with a 5-on-3 to start the period, and 4:41 into it the Wolves scored their fifth and final goal after Joonas Jarvinen was called for high sticking.
On a night when the power play went 0 for 7, surprisingly, it was a shorthanded strike from Mark Van Guilder that got Milwaukee on the board at the 11:06 mark.
Magnus Hellberg came out and played a solid third period. The big goalie stopped six shots and his offense put forth a great, but futile effort.
Milwaukee got off 23 shots in the final period, but they only yielded one goal. 7:16 in, Cam Reid put in his first of the year adding a little spark to an otherwise dreary evening.
He was glad, but realistic about it.
When asked about Patrick Hornqvist’s injury and possible implications of an Admirals call up, Evason replied there had been zero discussion on the issue.
What went wrong out there in your opinion? Why do you feel the Ads came out so flat?
Reid said, while declining to use it as an excuse, that the long break may have had something to do with it, but he also said the Wolves just “wanted it more” out of the gates.
Did you agree with Evason’s decision regarding Taylor Beck and later Michael Latta? I think he gave some pretty strong statements on “silly” penalties.
What about leaving Smith in to save him the embarrassment as Coach said? Do you share his opinion that his teammates left him out to dry?
Before discussing this, it’s important to remember that its just one game. There’s no need for hyperbole. Remember last week’s 8-2 romp over OKC? Nuff said. And they’ll get a long time to straighten things out with no games on the schedule ’til next Friday.