Finding themselves a bit shorthanded after the recalls of Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk, the road-weary Admirals had a difficult time solving Drew MacIntyre, as the Chicago Wolves defeated the home team 2-1 on Dropkick Murphys night.
Anders Lindback picked up his first AHL loss, and had a hand in giving up the game winning goal, misplaying the puck behind the net while the Admirals were on a power play.
Despite the goof, Coach Lane Lambert was complimentary of his goalie after the game.
“I thought he made a ton of great saves. He kept us in the game at the start when we were on the penalty kill. I thought he played an outstanding game. Those kinds of things happen once in awhile. I thought our team played hard, I thought we battled, I thought we had more than enough opportunities to win the hockey game, and it didn’t work out for us.”
After a scoreless first period, former Admiral Mark Matheson was first to beat Lindback. On a rush up the right wing, Fredrik Pettersson left a touch pass for Andre Deveaux, who left a touch pass for Matheson, who fired a shot from the top of the near circle that was perfectly placed in the top left corner of the net. It was a perfect shot, and you have to tip your hat to “Mad Dog”.
With Squirrel Face (see the glossary) serving a high sticking penalty, Tim Miller met Lindback behind the net. Lindback misplayed the puck, and Miller’s wrap around made it a 2-0 lead.
With 1:43 left in the game, Mark Van Guilder deflected an Aaron Johnson shot from the far face-off dot, to give the Admirals some late hope. But they couldn’t beat MacIntyre again.
Andreas Thuresson had a shot that bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and then straight down on top of the goal-line. Close play, but the no-goal call looked to be the correct one.
Coach recognizes the tough part of the schedule, but isn’t interested in making it an excuse.
“We knew this was going to be a tough stretch for us playing 11 games in 15 nights. Not a lot of rest and on our off-days we’ve been traveling. So welcome to the American Hockey League! There’s your incentive to play in the National Hockey League. “
Here’s how they started….
Thang – Hunter – Thuresson
Bourque – Mueller – Santorelli
Wilson – Van Guilder – Flynn
Shields – McLean – Bartlett
Hunter had been playing well lately, but I would rather not have seen Bartlett drawing the short straw and having to start with the 4th line of doom.
Admirals were awful early on winning face-offs, but got better towards the end of the game. And I think they actually had a great game keeping pucks in at the offensive blue line, which we’re not really used to seeing.
See anything interesting about Shields or McLean tonight?
Klasen is still day-to-day with that upper-body injury. But he’s very unlikely to play tomorrow in Rockford.
Which goalie do you want to see tomorrow in Rockford? Lindback or Smith? It would be Lindback’s fourth in five days. But he’s here to get some work in. What do you think?
Do you miss Jon Blum?
How long before Blake comes back from his
promotional call-up to the big club?