You never quite know what you’re going to get against the Peoria Rivermen this season.
Tonight, it was a 24 save shutout for Jeremy Smith, as the Admirals defeated the Rivermen 3-0 Saturday night.
Kelsey Wilson and Ryan Reaves got their token fight out of the way two seconds into the game, and Reaves did a little of the hotdogging that Kelsey has become a bit notorious for. So fair play there.
The Admirals were able to score first for the eighth time in nine games, as Kelsey Wilson put it home after Jake Allen didn’t make a clean save. A Teemu Laakso shot deflected off a Riverman, and the redirection went through Allen’s legs, but not past the goalline. Wilson finished the job.
Blake Geoffrion had a power play goal 2:50 later, redirecting a shot from the point by Roman Josi — who with that assist, extended his point streak to 12 games. That’s the longest active streak in the league, and a game away from the longest streak all season.
No scoring in the second period, and the Admirals entered the third period with another multi-goal lead. So how were they going to come out in the third? They didn’t allow a shot on goal until there was 7:44 left in the game.
But the Rivermen compensated by getting 10 shots the rest of the way, and Smith stopped them all. They even withstood a late penalty, killing off an Aaron Johnson cross-checking infraction.
2:10 after Johnson returned to the ice, Gabriel Bourque put the icing on the cake. He scored on a snap shot from the bottom of the circle, after accepting a great pass from Chris Mueller that went between the legs of the defender.
The Rivermen didn’t even bother pulling Allen for the extra attacker in the waning moments of the game.
Mark ‘The Proof’ Santorelli and Grant Lewis were healthy scratches again.
The Ads haven’t given up a power play goal in the last four games.
Jeremy Smith is 7-1-0-1 in his last 9 decisions for the Admirals, including a pair of shutouts. That run goes back to December 12th…so that says a couple of things. A) He doesn’t play very much, and 2) He has been able to be focused and sharp when called upon.
I guess the question of the night is…..with two solid wins this weekend including shutout tonight, do you run Smith out there again tomorrow against Texas?