Welcome home indeed.
After a rollercoaster of a ten game road trip, the Admirals played their first home game in almost a month on Wednesday night. They spoiled the return of Claude Noel and Jonas Andersson to the tune of a 6-3 victory.
After the long power play drought on the road trip, this marked the second game in a row with a power play goal. 3:18 into the game, Jamie Lundmark got the goal just in front of the goalie, but Andreas Thuresson and Kelsey Wilson deserve a ton of credit as well. After an offensive zone dump-in, Wilson won the chase to recover the puck. He found Thuresson by the right goalpost, who backhanded a perfect pass to Lundmark by the left goalpost.
Coach Lambert liked the way they came out at the start of the game.
47 seconds into the second period, Gabriel Bourque took a long feed from Jon Blum, and cashed on a beautiful breakaway goal. He picked up the pass right at the offensive blue line, deked just in front of the crease, and beat Tyler Weiman with a backhand up top.
And then in a 3:06 minute span, both teams scored twice. Chris Mueller scored his ninth of the year on a great second effort, after his first shot was saved by Weiman’s right pad. Mueller took a couple wacks at the small rebound, and was about to give the Admirals the three goal lead.
That lasted for 19 seconds. Former Admiral Jonas Andersson (pronounced Joe-nus these days, apparently) deked Ryan Thang out of his skates, and had way too much space to operate on a delayed penalty call. His shot beat Dex low.
Jordan Schroeder scored 1:18 later on a goal that I think Dex wants back. Might have been re-directed en route, but it looked like he had a tough time picking it up.
Linus Klasen finished a rush with Chris Mueller to give the Ads their two goal lead back. It was a great hustle play to get behind some out-of-place defensemen, and it’s great to see Klasen score his second in as many games.
In the 3rd period, the Moose found some of their legs, and outshot Milwaukee 12-3 in the final frame. They scored a power play goal at the 9:56 mark on a play that would never have happened if the Admirals defender had been able to clear the puck out of the zone. Instead, the puck was kept in at the point, and Evan Oberg’s shot found the top left corner of the net, past a screened Mark Dekanich.
Mueller got his second of the game, scoring into an empty net. And then Mike Bartlett beat Weiman on a shot that he didn’t seem too interested in stopping with 21 seconds left.
– Steve Begin was a late scratch with an upper-body injury.
– What else does Chris Mueller need to do to get an NHL contract already? Here’s Coach Lambert on his hottest forward right now.
– Sooooooo while we were getting ready to come to the game today, we found out about the Admirals signing center Andrew Lord to a PTO contract. Lord had been playing with Wheeling of the ECHL, and he made his debut tonight. And Dan Gendur made his home debut. Here’s coach Lambert on the new guys.
– Admirals were outshot again, this time by a 30-20 tab. Getting those numbers flipped around is something that coach Lambert says the team needs to work on.
– Our friend “Sutty” was back in press row tonight, and he gives us this great description of the Ford/Maxwell fight. Enjoy.
“About 2 minutes later Ford and Maxwell (not the pig from the Geico commercials going wee wee wee all the way home) got into a fight. Well, they were mostly standing around and they looked to be running their fingers through each other’s hair. But all in all it was called a fight and they both went to the bin for said infraction.”
Welcome back, Sutty. You paint a picture like none other.
OK ROUNDTABLE! Here are some items for discussion:
1. You may or may not have read/heard that Klasen got called out by coach Lambert recently. Seeing him tonight, do you think Klasen played with more detail than he has been?
2. Who had the better deke — Bourque or Andersson?
3. Give me a haiku about Chris Mueller.
4. Simply put — did you like the way they looked? I think it was a pretty good effort considering how shorthanded the team is right now. What do you think?
5. Do you have a favorite Claude Noel moment?