Ads Shutout By Stars

Richard Bachman was Taking Care Of Business.

Richard Bachman gave the Admirals No Sugar Tonight.

Any other BTO or Guess Who jokes you want to make?

Bachman turned aside all 26 shots the Admirals attempted, and the Stars were victorious 2-0 Saturday night in suburban Austin, Texas.

I encourage you to read the recap of this game over at 100 Degree Hockey — they are a Roundtable-approved blog that does excellent work, and they were actually AT the game.  Follow them on twitter @100degreehockey, if you like.

This was the Admirals first regulation loss since October 30th in Abbotsford.

The Admirals offense sleepwalked through most of the first 40 minutes, as they registed just their 8th shot of the game when there was about five and a half minutes left in the 2nd.  The shots came a little more frequently from that point on with the aid of some 5-on-3 power play time, a Stars team content to play some of the dump and chase game, and almost three minutes with the extra attacker at the end of the game after pulling Mark Dekanich.  Coach Lambert shook the lines up a bit in the 3rd period and some better energy was a result,  but Bachman and his defense had all the answers.

Dekanich stopped 30 of 32 shots in the loss.  A lighter workload than last night in San Antonio.  I expect we’ll see Jeremy Smith in the crease tomorrow evening.

The only goal the Stars needed came with 34 seconds left in the first period, as Greg Rallo fired a wrister from the slot that clanged off the post and in the net past a screened Dekanich.  Ahh, the dreaded goal-scored-against-in-the-final-minute-of-a-period sequence.

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Yeah, bummer about the last 48 hours….the game in San Antonio last night, and the shutout tonight….but friends, we’re halfway done with the 10-game road trip, and I think we should be pretty happy with a record of 3-1-0-1.

Tomorrow morning, the Admirals will fly to Oklahoma City to play their first ever game against the Barons.  5:05 is the scheduled faceoff time, provided there aren’t any zambonis that break prior.

ITEM FOR DISCUSSION:

At the 11:49 mark of the 1st period, Maxime Fortunus was called for tripping, and Gabriel Bourque was called for diving.  Obviously the Koharski-du-jour felt it was okay to call them both….but where do you stand?  Should it be just one or the other?  Or is it okay to call both on a play?

5 thoughts on “Ads Shutout By Stars”

  1. So if it is a trip it can’t be a dive. It is one or the other. Embellishment doesn’t matter if it is truly a trip.

    Since our pp blows, how about this:

    So how about for a full 2 minute pp, 1st unit of Laakso, Blum/Josi @D and Josi/Blum, Klasen, Santo up front. Should provide some creativity that the pp is lacking. 2nd unit of Laakso, Johnson @ D and Blum/Josi, Thuresson, Mueller up front.

    How about a partial (+/- a minute) pp unit of Laakso, Johnson @ D and Josi, Blum, Klasen up front.

  2. If the player is tripped, but purposely embellishes, why can’t they call both? Generally when both are called, it should be one or the other… usually just a trip.

    This reminds me of a confusing call I never understood… if a goal is disallowed due to goaltender interference, why do they not call a penalty then as well? :-)

  3. That’s an interesting concept. More frequently, we see a forward moved back to QB the power play on the point…guys like Cal O’Reilly. But I would be interested to see Josi play down low on the power play. It’s not like he’s a stranger to playing lower than the top of the faceoff circles…. And he’s not afraid to shoot either. The question then becomes, what does it do to his development? Does it aid or detract from it?

  4. I think it should be a trip or a dive 90% of the time. However, I did see one at the Bradley Center last season that was a trip and a dive. The player didn’t go down, he looked at the ref then acted like one of those guys in the World Cup and flopped.

  5. The forward moving back is a common option but I say move a d-man up because of the puck handing and skill that a Josi or Blum bring to a struggling pp. There is no movement in the pp, I’m not talking about puck movement, I’m talking about rotation of personnel filling gaps and forcing the pk’ers to make choices and, creating 2-1 or 3-1 in small areas of the ice if they make the wrong choice.

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