That’s coach Lambert after the game.
People are going to look at the final score and think this was a laugher.
It was for 20 minutes, as the Admirals jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
If you ever wanted to know what sitting on a lead looks like, you saw it over the last 40 minutes.
The Admirals had just three shots total over the last two periods, and walked away with the 5-2 win over the IceHogs. It may be the least satisfying 5-2 win in the history of 5-2 wins. But it all looks the same in the standings, so I guess we should feel good about that. I guess?
“It’s unbelievable. I don’t have an answer for it,” Coach said after the game. “I do, but I’m not going there. Personally, I feel like we lost the game, because that was the way we played.
“We obviously are in a stretch drive here – we’re in a very tight race, and we’ve got to sort this out. What happened today is completely unacceptable. I don’t think there’s a guy in that room that can walk out of there and be happy about our hockey team today. And if any of them are, then they’re on the wrong team.”
16 shots for the game was the lowest of the season for the Admirals, and the one shot in the 3rd period was also the lowest of the season.
We’ll just touch on the scoring….
Chris Mueller opened the scoring with his 15th of the year, putting a Matt Halischuk rebound back past starting goaltender Alec Richards.
Mark Van Guilder scored his 5th of the year, putting home a shot just next to the far goal post. The IceHogs defensemen did an awful job in the first period getting pucks out of danger, and are just as guilty for the first two goals as Richards.
Then the Ads scored three times in less than two minutes. Chris Mueller had a snipe from the near face-off dot that beat Richards short side – a very stoppable shot. Richards was then relieved by Hannu Toivonen. Who then gave up another goal to Mark Van Guilder, and a power play marker to Jon Blum, before being replaced by Richards again.
Van Guilder was in the same spot for his second goal. Blum’s goal was a blast from the point that had eyes.
Kyle Beach scored before the period was over, and Jeff Taffe added one with 4:39 to go in the 2nd.
And then we all started having flashbacks to last Wednesday night, when the Ads blew a 3-goal lead in the 3rd period.
No more scoring the rest of the way, but a lot of words were exchanged. Couple of fights, couple of misconducts. The most notable thing was that Rockford didn’t appreciate Kelsey Wilson hamming it up for the crowd on the way to the penalty box after his fight. It wasn’t Long Island, but it was chippier than usual.
– Here’s some Don Tanner history for you. (Thanks Don!) Last time the Admirals scored five goals in a period was December 22nd, 2008 at Chicago, when they scored five in the 3rd period. The last time they had five first period goals was February 16th, 2008 in Grand Rapids. The last time they scored five goals in a period at home was October 24th, 2007.
-Nice to have Matt Halischuk back. The Halischuk – Mueller – Bourque line was the best tonight. The Klasen-Blake-Thang line was invisible.
– Sutty’s line of the night – “That guy can sell some jerseys!” referring to Kelsey Wilson hot-dogging it after his fight. How do YOU feel about Kelsey raising the roof? Is it kosher or tasteless? He sure had the place loud.
14,109 was the final attendance. They saw a great 20 minutes of hockey. We’ll leave you with this quote from Lane.
“Not very often can you say that you won the game in the first period. Right now, at times we’re getting out to these sizable leads, and then we’re afraid to make mistakes. And we are not recognizing shifts in momentum.”
Next game is Friday against the first place Houston Aeros. Let’s hope for a good week of practice.