The name of the game tonight was momentum.
The Abbotsford Heat had very little momentum for the majority of the game. And when they did manage to get some momentum, the Admirals were able to answer back.
With the Admirals opening the 3rd period with a 2-0 lead (similar to last home game against Chicago), Abbotsford center John Armstrong scored just 1:47 into the frame. He took down Jon Blum along the near boards, picked up the loose puck, and fired a perfect shot over a well positioned Mark Dekanich.
21 seconds later, the Admirals zapped all the momentum out of the Heat.
Ads defenseman Brett Palin took a shot from the point that deflected off Linus Klasen en route to the net, giving Klasen his 6th goal of the year.
Coach Lambert says the huge goal came from sticking to the game plan.
Klasen also assisted on the Admirals first goal, a power play marker that also went in on a deflection. Klasen and Jamie Lundmark were at the point, and Klasen fed the puck over to Lundmark, whose slapshot went off a Heat defender and into the net.
Coach Lambert has great things to say about Klasen….and so does Linus Klasen.
I like the confidence. A lot.
Mark Dekanich looked like a #1 goalie tonight. And I’ve been hesitant to use that kind of language with him up to this point. But he played a helluva game. His rebound control was outstanding. There was a breakdown in the second period when a shot was deflected on its way to the net. He stayed with the deflection, and stuck a quick right pad out to stop a couple more follow-up shots.
But it wasn’t just Dekanich, as coach was happy to point out.
Here are how your lines started:
Wilson – Lundmark – Halischuk
Thuresson – Geoffrion – Klasen
Thang – Van Guilder – Santorelli
Bourque – Bartlett – Mueller
– Scott Lehman played his first game of the season, and I think he held his own pretty well. He wasn’t afraid to be physical.
– Scott Ford…another awful fight, and he somehow got an extra two for roughing out of it. At least he didn’t get his face bloodied up this time.
– Mark “The Proof” Santorelli scored his second of the year. He was leading a two-on-one rush, and his shot went off of Leland Irving’s glove and in the net. Great to see The Proof on the scoresheet, but wow….that was a very weak goal for Irving.
– So far so good for the first 3-games-in-3-days stretch of the season. It’s a matinee in Chicago tomorrow afternoon, and the Wolves will be playing in just their second straight day. They lost in OT to Rockford Saturday night. Coach Lambert looks ahead to the game.
OK Roundtable — Here are some questions for you.
1) Got our first chance to see Jamie Lundmark. First impressions?
2) We know the offense that Klasen can provide. Do you think he’s holding his own on defense?
3) After two straight solid performances by Dekanich….would you play him again tomorrow?
4) Who will get benched in favor of Steve Begin tomomrrow?
5) Give us your unsung hero for the game.