Don’t look now, but the Admirals have won two shootouts in a row.
After the Admirals and Grand Rapids Griffins played to a scoreless tie through regulation and OT, goals from Mark “The Proof” Santorelli and Jamie Lundmark in the shootout were enough to give the Ads the win. Mark Dekanich turned aside all but one of the shots he faced.
The Admirals recap is here, the Griffins recap is here, the box score is here, and the AHL has a blurb about the game here. The win puts the Ads in 3rd place in the division with 17 points, and just 2 points out of first place. Milwaukee has played one less game than the 1st place Rampage, and 3 less games than 2nd place OK City. And yes, we should all be more concerned about how the standings look at the beginning of April than the beginning of November….but the team has made up some ground nicely over the last week.
Scoreless tie. Just four penalties the entire game. I asked Aaron Sims if it was an exciting battle or if the teams were kind of sleepwalking through the game, and he said that it was played at a good pace and was a pretty good game.
With the Admirals being outshot by 11 for the game, Mark Dekanich was easily the #1 star.
Former Badger defenseman Brendan Smith was the fifth shooter for Grand Rapids and had the chance to extend the shootout. And much like the 5th shooter in the Peoria game, he hit metal, giving the Admirals the win.
In the third period, Linus Klasen didn’t see as much ice time as some of the other skaters. That’s a credit to the GR defense, who were not giving him any space to be creative. Klasen was trying to be too cute, and kept turning the puck over. So his minutes diminished late in the game. A shrewd coaching move by Lane, for sure. And one I can make the argument for and against.
Speaking of arguing…
Questions For Discussion:
– Do you agree with the coach’s decision to take away minutes from one of your most skilled forwards if he’s being ineffective?
– The last time you saw a scoreless tie through overtime, did you walk away from the arena feeling like you watched an exciting or boring game?