Opening night, it was a 2-0 hole after 20 minutes.
After failing to convert on three early first period power plays, the Admirals gave up three goals to the Rivermen in a 2:58 span at the end of the first. Five-hole was the problem for Chet Pickard, and Aaron Sims described the third goal (aka the game winning goal) like so: “That’s a bad goal.” Nathan Oystrick had a shot from the point on the power play that beat Chet five-hole somehow.
The Admirals were not low on chances, but Rivermen goalie Ben Bishop made 36 saves. He let out a fair share of rebounds, but was able to cover a lot of them. That’s one of the big differences between today’s game and last night’s game — the Ads could not finish their chances.
Depsite the early power play woes, the two goals they did score in the game did come on the power play. Kelsey Wilson put one in as a Dean Arsene penalty was about to expire. He tried to drop a pass to Ryan Thang in the slot, but the puck came right back to him, and he was able to beat Bishop. And then with Mark Dekanich pulled for an extra attacker, Andreas Thuresson scored with 3:13 left in the game.
Speaking of Dekanich, he did his part. He stopped all 17 shots he faced in the final two periods, and is probably right now patiently waiting for the notification that he’s been recalled to Nashville. Pekka Rinne was hurt in the Preds game on Saturday night, and his status is currently “day-to-day”. Paul Fenton said he was going to be in Peoria for this game when he spoke on the Admirals Center Ice Radio show last week, so he may just bring Dekanich back with him.
We’ll see how quickly we get an official announcement…