The Chicago Wolves will get their coffee tonight.
The Wolves put on a clinic of how to protect a lead in the 3rd period, scoring early and sticking with their gameplan regardless of the score. They skate out of town with a 5-2 victory over the Admirals.
Here’s the coach.
Mark Dekanich was pulled after three less-than-stellar goals, and Jeremy Smith fared marginally better over the rest of the game. While Peter Mannino wasn’t tested often, he made saves on all the shots he saw. I phrase it that way because I don’t think he saw the two that got by him.
But the story here is that Dekanich played arguably his worst game of the season.
The Admirals DID score first again, as Aaron Johnson put a shot on net from the far point. Lots of players were between Johnson and the goal, and we think it went off of somebody….but the puck went past Mannino, and they gave the goal to Johnson.
Forty seconds later, Darren Haydar capitalized on some strong work around the net from Andre Deveaux. Unable to be knocked off the puck, Deveaux skated around the goal, and backhanded a pass/shot that Haydar put past Mark Dekanich. Deveaux was a monster tonight, and consistently one of the best players on the ice.
In the second period, Fredrik Pettersson had a sweet deflection off a Jamie Sifers shot from another zipcode. On some nights, it might have been called a deflection off of a high stick. High stick or no high stick, it was a great deflection. And it was from far enough out that I think Dex shouldn’t have looked so fooled/surprised. Still, Coach Lambert laments that video replay isn’t a reality in this league yet.
The 3rd Wolves goal 1:34 later ended Dex’s night. Tim Miller was on his knees and behind the goal line over the Time Warner Cable logo. He put a shot on goal that somehow went in.
Coming out strong in the 3rd period, the Wolves needed just 1:44 to extend their lead. Mark Matheson had a shot from the point that may have been deflected somewhere along the way, but it beat Smith. Wayne Larrivee would have called that “the dagger”.
Nigel Dawes had the Wolves 5th goal with a snipe from the near circle that beat Smith short-side.
Kelsey Wilson had a goal in garbage time with 3:55 left. A shot from above the near face-off dot was released with some traffic in front of the net.
Lane talked last game about how they handed that game to Peoria, and how Peoria took the game from the Admirals. You could say the same for the 3rd period tonight. The Wolves kept their foot on the pedal, and the Admirals spent six minutes in the penalty box, really taking away any shot of sustained momentum.
Benn Olson was scratched in lieu of a 7th defender.
Only one fight in the night between Brett Palin and Spencer Machacek in a very physical game.
I hate to dwell on it but the numbers don’t lie. The Admirals are 0-1-0-0 after taking away the green and gold off the face off circles. Similarly, this is the worst loss by the Admirals since. (the dude left the building at 3AM after cleaning that stuff up after last game!)
Ok Roundtable — let’s hear your disappointment. And if you’re in the mood, find me a silver lining or a glass-is-half-full moment.