Back at the end of September, Mark Dekanich was reassigned to the Milwaukee Admirals. And he offered us this tweet:
“Disappointed on my way back to MKE. Will dominate there and be back soon.”
Very prophetic, that Dexshow.
Dex recorded his second straight shutout Friday night, as the Admirals defeated the
Cleveland Lake Erie Monsters 4-0. He made 21 saves, and his scoreless streak is up to 172:34 minutes.
Not to take anything away from Dekanich’s game, but the defense did its thing too. Just four shots got through to Dekanich in each of the final two periods, even with two penalties to kill in the 3rd.
Chris Mueller opened the scoring with about 5 and a half minutes left in the first period while Mark Santorelli was serving a holding penalty. He gained control of the puck, went around a Monster defender, and beat Jason Bacashihua through the five-hole.
Mueller (getting some ice time at center), also assisted on the Ads second goal. He won an offensive zone faceoff back to Aaron Johnson who just put the puck on net. And into the net. Goalie was screened and the puck found its way behind him.
And check this out: I’m going to say something nice about Aaron Johnson, and it’s not a backhanded compliment or anything like that. He is not afraid to shoot the puck. While the home crowds get restless sometimes when the defensemen just pass the puck back and forth across the point, waiting for an open shot, Johnson doesn’t seem to be as picky as the others. And it creates chances for himself and everyone else. He’s third on the team in shots on goal, behind Klasen and Thuresson.
Ok, back to the game. Great way to avoid a 3rd period collapse? Get Matt Halischuk to score 2 minutes into the period. Well, it’s not that easy. Get Jamie Lundmark to shoot on net, Bacashihua to kick a save to Halischuk, and then get Halischuk to score 2 minutes into the period.
And then Mueller got his 2nd goal of the game, scoring into an empty net. That’s not a metaphor for scoring on a bad goalie. No really, they pulled the goalie down 3-0.
The last time the Admirals won with shutouts in back-to-back games was October 26th and 27th in 2007. First game was a 2-0 win over the Quad City Flames, with Maxime Daigneault making all 27 saves. Cal O’Reilly and Mike Santorelli scored in the last 10 minutes to give the Admirals the win. And then the next night back in Milwaukee, the Pekka Rinne closed the door on the Chicago Wolves, with the only goal of the game courtesy of Matt Ellison in overtime.
Chet Pickard watch — Cincy won 2-0 on Friday night. Chet dressed as the backup.
Programming note — the Lake Erie rematch tomorrow is another matinee. Faceoff is scheduled for noon.
QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION:
Just one question. If Dekanich gets the start tomorrow, that’d be his third game in four days. Should the team ride the hot goalie Saturday afternoon, or give Jeremy Smith his first start as an Admiral?