(Photo credit: Scott Paulus)
For the second game in as many nights, the Toronto Marlies forced extra time after trailing at the start of the third period. This time, they finished the job, as Greg Scott made a sick move around Juuso Puustinen, and fired a perfect shot top shelf to give the Marlies a 3-2 overtime win over the Admirals.
The Admirals outshot the Marlies 41-26 on the night, and had the better of the scoring chances. But a few lost battles and mental errors were the difference in the game.
With the overtime loss, the Admirals remain in 8th place in the conference with 69 points, tied with Chicago and Oklahoma City. And Rockford. And Abbotsford.
The Admirals did get off to a quick start. Brad Winchester had the empty-netter with 1:34 left in the third yesterday. And he netted the first one tonight 1:23 into the game. A shot from the point by Joonas Jarvinen made it through to Marlie starting goaltender Jussi Rynnas, and Winchester was there to put in the rebound to give the Admirals the early lead.
A sloppy Admiral turnover in the defensive zone led to the tying goal. Mike Liambas couldn’t find the puck in his skates. But Jamie Devane did. He then fed a pass to Sam Carrick, who fired a nice shot in the corner of the net.
On the next shift, Liambas was on tilt, and then started looking for a dance partner. He found one…the aforementioned and much taller Jamie Devane. 5’9 vs 6’4. Not only did Liambas not really have that great of a showing, he got an extra two minutes for roughing out of it. Couple that with a goaltender interference penalty that Josh Shalla was assessed just before that sequence, and it turned into a full two minutes of 5×3 time for the Marlies.
The Admirals killed off all the full two minutes. They were in the passing and shooting lanes, and Austin Watson even had a shorthanded scoring chance…and hustled back nicely to get back into position.
In the second period, Liambas got some redemption, by drawing an elbowing penalty from Korbinian Holzer. On the ensuing power play, Anthony Bitetto scored his first career AHL goal. A shot from the point through a nice screen by Watson, Shalla, and defenseman Dylan Yeo. I don’t think Rynnas ever saw it.
Later in the period, Rynnas was injured after a collision with Austin Watson. But it wasn’t a Lucic-Miller type collision. Watson was guided off balance and into the side of the net by a Marlie defender, and there was a little bit of contact made with Rynnas as he was hugging the post. Drew Mac-In-Tyre returned to the Bradley Center ice for the rest of the game, and eventually, picked up the win.
In the third period, the Magnus Hellberg from October made a brief appearance, as he let in a softie goal from Jerry D’Amigo.
You can tell by listening to him….he feels pretty bad about that one.
Other than that play, it was another solid outing from Magnus. His rebound control was very good, and with the exception of that second goal, his glove was very good all night too.
He wishes that he could have extended the game to a shootout.
Another good showing for special teams overall. They killed off all five Toronto power plays, and went 1-4 on their own. Still would have been nice to get that last one in overtime, though. Here’s Coach Evason on that last power play chance.
Craig Smith played his second game with the Admirals, and Coach gave him a little more work tonight.
A win in Rosemont tomorrow afternoon would get the Admirals five out of a possible six points this weekend, without the help of Bartley, Mueller, and Beck….who, incidentally….got his first NHL goal tonight.
- Craig Smith — Do you think he was better tonight? There is obvious skill there, but I’d like to see the puck not get knocked off of his stick when he tries to do some stickhandling.
- Do you think the Admirals deserved a better fate? Did they get the momentum that they deserved when the killed that 5-on-3?
- Great to see Bitetto get his first goal. Are you surprised that we’re seeing more of him than Scott Valentine these days?