The Admirals and Texas Stars were both playing their third game in three days, and it was the Stars who were able to hold on in the game, defeating the Admirals 2-1 Sunday evening.
Still, it was a good weekend for the Admirals, obtaining four out of a possible six points. And despite the loss, they’ll still spend the night in first place.
“I thought both teams battled and battled in hard areas, and kicked and scratched for everything they got,” Coach Lambert said after the game. “And the difference in the game was I thought they had a little more puck luck than we did.
“We took enough shots at the net and we generated enough opportunities, and it just wasn’t our night. They did a good job blocking shots. “
Fatigue seemed to be a factor in the first goal for the Stars. Blake Geoffrion turned the puck over at the offensive blue line with a pass to nobody, Brandon Segal skated right around Roman Josi to fire a shot on net, and Mathieu Tousignant snuck up behind Scott Ford to take a whack at the rebound that Mark Dekanich seemed to have covered. Instead, the puck dribbled past Dex. There were a lot of ways that goal could have been avoided, but it gave the Stars the 1-0 lead.
Josi was flat-out beat on that play. And I’m not used to writing that.
The Admirals answered back 6:26 later with a power play goal. Matt Halischuk had a shot from the near face-off dot, and the rebound kicked perfectly to Jon Blum at the other face-off dot. Blum’s shot beat Stars goaltender Tyler Beskorowany before he could get back into position.
The game winning goal came in the 2nd period, while Kelsey Wilson was serving a 4 minute high sticking penalty. Sean Backman had a quick shot after coming out of the corner that changed direction.
“The second goal was scored off of our stick and through Dex’s arms, so it was a re-direction there that found the net.”
The Admirals had a late power play chance with 3:20 left in the game. And while they weren’t able to get the equalizer, Coach has good things to say about the effort.
“I thought we had some decent looks and it was one of those situations where we took some shots and pucks didn’t go in the net. On any other given night, one of those can find its way through. I thought we controlled the puck pretty well, and I thought we showed good poise in that situation.”
Halischuk – Mueller – Bourque
Thang – Geoffrion – Thuresson
Wilson – Van Guilder – Bartlett
Flynn – Hunter – Lewis
Yep. A couple of things should stand out there. Grant Lewis played the first two periods as a forward, while Mark Santorelli was scratched for the third straight game. Lewis went back to the point in the 3rd period.
And Linus Klasen is out with an upper-body injury. The coach said he is considered day-to-day. We’ll see if he makes the trip down south for the games this week.
That line takes on a whole new look with Thuresson instead of Klasen.
Roman Josi’s assist on the Admirals goal extended his point streak to 13 games. It’s the longest active streak, and tied for the longest streak in the league all season.
Sutty’s tweet of the night:
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That last goal was on the MOUNTAIN FURY POWER PLAY!!!!! the lucky fan sitting in section 441, row zz seat 22 just won a life time supply!!!
Keep an eye out for some actual Mountain Fury giveaways on twitter in the future. Or at least until we get a letter from the Roundy’s company asking us to stop….
Questions for discussion:
Anyone seen Blake Geoffrion lately? Anything since his four awesome games got him back-to-back player of the week honors?
Would you agree that Dex deserved a better fate? Had some great saves in the 3rd to keep the game a one-goal game.
Thoughts on the Grant Lewis experiment? Do you like him in lieu of Santorelli, or is ‘The Proof’ kind of getting the shaft?