I know it’s only January….but let’s take a moment to enjoy the fact that our Admirals currently have sole possession of 1st place Western Conference.
After spotting the Manitoba Moose a two-goal lead in the first period, the Admirals battled back, and came away with a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday night in Winnipeg.
In a game much more exciting than the one that Packer fans probably watched, it was a turnaround slapper from Linus Klasen just 29 seconds into overtime that sealed the win for Mark Dekanich and the Admirals.
After being shutout by the Moose on Thursday night, the Admirals still needed to be thawed out, as they were outshot 9-3 in the first period. And they can’t blame the discrepancy on power play time, as Francis Charron called a Jeff Smith-esque game, assessing just three minor penalties, all in the second period.
Moose leading scorer Sergei Shirokov opened the scoring just 56 into the game with a fluky goal that he shot from behind the goalline. He banked it in off of Dex’s pads, and the Ads were in the hole right away.
Defensemen Kevin Connauton scored on a shot that was deflected by an Admiral stick past Dekanich about ten minutes later.
During the intermission, Scott Ford rallied the troops in the locker room, and they responded in the second period outshooting the Moose 14-9, and outscoring them too.
It was actually Ford who was first to beat goaltender Eddie Lack. It was a shot from the point the point that may or may not have been deflected by Matt Halischuk, who had a great game in front of the crease. That line of Halischuk, Klasen, and Thang is starting to consistently provide some offensive for this team.
The Ads tied the score 2:21 into the 3rd period with a goal from Aaron Johnson, picking up the pieces of a give-and-go rush from Gabriel Bourque and Blake Geoffrion.
POINTS FOR DISCUSSION:
Don’t like how the team seems to be outshot on a somewhat regular basis, but man, they battle for every inch, and it’s good to see them stay with the gameplan after a less than pleasant start.
OT is so exciting with Klasen on the ice. He’s got all kinds of space in the offensive zone….and then you’re a little nervous with his coverage back in the D-zone. But he made quick work of it tonight.
Special teams? Killed both penalties, failed on their only power play. While it’d be nice to get the PP going, this team really seems to excel 5×5 lately. So when refs try to be Jeff Smith, I think that works to our advantage.
Another long break until their next game, Thursday night back at the Bradley Center.
Oh, and hello from Maryland. I’ll give your regards to Alex Ovechkin tomorrow afternoon.