The Admirals almost fought back from a four goal deficit but fell a goal shy, losing 4-3 to the Wolves in Chicago. The Ads have now lost to the Wolves three different ways with a loss in regulation, overtime and a shootout.
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Following the loss, coach Lane Lambert said they would be “assessing” Chet Pickard’s performance over the next couple of days, but he didn’t want to discuss Pickard’s future from there. Pickard allowed three goals in less than four minutes in the second period, two of which were unacceptable. When you add in that he has now lost thirteen straight games (counting the 09-10 season) the coming days may include a trip to Cincinnati for Chet.
Chicago’s Fredrik Pettersson notched the only goal in the first period for either team, scoring five-hole at 5:41 of the first. The Ads weren’t as sharp as in the previous games but still had their share of opportunities.
However, that fight disappeared quickly when Jared Ross beat Pickard glove side with a slapshot from above the top of the circle at 13:59 of the second. The Wolves from that point through the end of the second period controlled play. Darren Haydar scored at 15:33 and Andre Deveaux beat Pickard at 17:48 to give the Wolves a 4-0 lead entering the third.
Coach Lambert talks about how deflating the second period was…….
Lambert said the team heard the message loud and clear during the second intermission and responded quickly. Linus Klasen continued his hot start to season scoring top shelf on the power play just 52 seconds into the third period. The snap shot that rang off both posts before crossing the goal line was assisted by Blake Geoffrion and Jonathon Blum.
Less then three minutes later the Ads caught a break when Gabriel Bourque took advantage of Wolves goaltender Edward Pasquale misplaying the puck behind his net. Bourque was able to wrap around the vacated net to score and make a game out of it at 3:22 of the third.
Andreas Thuresson’s goal at 16:02 brought the Ads one step closer when he received a Blake Geoffrion pass in the slot and one-timed his shot past Pasquale. The play was made with Klasen hustling to beat out a close icing call, and Klasen then moved the puck to Geoffrion who found Thuresson.
The Ads continued to pressure the Wolves but ended up on the wrong side of a interference call with 1:51 left in the third. Steve Begin, in his first game with Milwaukee, cut through the offensive slot and ran over a Wolf player. Here’s Lamberts opinion on the call……
With the penalty the Ads had a couple of shots but no serious chances with the goalie pulled but still playing 5 on 5.
Pickard finished the game with 31 saves and Pasquale turned away 28.
All in all the Ads took two out of three games over the weekend and made a comeback in a game that they could have rolled over in. Here’s coach’s take on the weekend…..
The Ads next game is Friday at Abbotsford.