Ads Start Slow Again; Lose 3-2 To Peoria

Opening night, it was a 2-0 hole after 20 minutes.

On Sunday afternoon, it was a 3-0 deficit, and the Admirals were not able to get even, as the Peoria Rivermen defeated the good guys 3-2.  Nuts and bolts are here and here.

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…

8 thoughts on “Ads Start Slow Again; Lose 3-2 To Peoria”

  1. The slow start is starting to worry me about this year’s team. Last year it was a futile power play which they seem to have fixed, yet, the early goals are killers. Its like Jeckel and Hyde hockey out there.

    Dex is sure playing well. I would assume his name will be called tomorrow morning, unless Peka’s injury is less serious than previously thought.

    Second straight scratch for Mark, I wonder if he might be the missing link for early struggles. He might have a chip on his shoulder because his brother is showing some serious skills in FL.

    Wilson scoring a goal is nice, his seems to have a nose for the puck this time around.

  2. Linus’s number is high because it makes him look taller. I question people who are questioning Kelsey Wilson. Nashville asked him to come back, and it wasn’t because they thought he’s going to score 20 goals in the NHL. What do people think Wilson has to do the make (become Tootoo} Nashville happy?

  3. It’s a young team, and I think the slow starts will eventually get under control. Lane will work some of his magic to get them prepared. Chet had a rough first game last year too, so hopefully his first game jitters are out of his system now.

    Klasen is 86 because that was his year of birth.

    What does Wilson need to do? That’s a GREAT question. That probably deserves its own thread. It’s going to be a long week….we’ll pose that question at some point.

  4. How were the guys who weren’t so hot Saturday (Palin/Johnson)? Didn’t get to listen to the game because of 1250’s delay and the Peoria announcers are….no Aaron Sims.

  5. Only 2 games in. I wouldn’t worry too much about anything just yet.

    If I remember correctly Mark Santorelli had trouble getting on the ice mid season last year before all the call ups.

    Looking forward to getting to November where there are some mid week games.

    Has anyone here ever used the website to watch games? Last year it was a great website to catch the AHL games around the league for FREE. I checked to see if they had yesterdays game and it wasn’t an option. You can pretty much watch any sporting event on that site. Occasionally last year the games on Sundays weren’t “re-broadcasted”. I didn’t check on Saturday to see if it was an option. Any insight would be appreciated.

  6. Johnson and Palin — 10 minutes of penalties between them….but I can’t verify how they were the rest of the time. The fact that Peoria didn’t score again after the 1st period may partially be to their credit. We’ll get another view on Friday.

  7. ATDHE was actually very popular at the beginning of last year’s season. However, the NHL actually started cracking down on sites like that, on the NHL games were taken off for a little while…maybe the same happened for the AHL

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