Former Captain Sinks Admirals In Hamilton

Former Admirals captain Alex Henry was the hero Wednesday night in Hamilton, as he scored with 3.5 seconds left in overtime, to give the Bulldogs the 5-4 win over the Admirals.

After the Bulldogs had killed off a penalty in overtime, they were able to make one more rush into the offensive zone.  After an Admiral backchecker knocked the puck free, it came right to Henry, who’s shot may or may not have crossed the goal line.

“(The referees) didn’t come over and talk at all, they just skated off the ice, and I don’t even know if they saw it or not.  Just believed the goal judge…the light’s on,” assistant coach Ian Herbers told Aaron Sims after the game.   “The officiating supervisor was down here today, and he wasn’t sure either.  And from our video you can’t tell.  The point of contention is they had five guys on the ice.  A pretty liberal change.  So that’s the sticky part for us on that goal.”

It was Henry’s first of the year, and it put the Bulldogs in first place in their division.

The score was Nigel Dawes 3, Admirals 0 before the game was 22 minutes old, as Dawes had the natural hat-trick, and scored in his eighth straight game.  Turnovers and failures to block passes helped contribute to those goals, and Mark Dekanich was relieved after the 3rd one.

But the Admirals battled back and tied the game before the second period was over.  Teemu Laakso snuck in the back door and converted a Chris Mueller pass past trading-chip Drew MacIntyre.  1:55 later, Scott Ford had a blast from the right circle.  And then on the power play, Andreas  Thuresson crashed the net after a Chris Mueller shot, and scored his 9th of the year.

The Bulldogs regained their lead 6:59 into the 3rd when Dany Masse put back a shot after a Jeremy Smith pad save.

But another power play goal evened the score again, as Gabriel Bourque continued HIS hot streak, scoring on a backhander down low.  It was Bourque’s 3rd goal since last Wednesday, and 6th point since last Tuesday.

Tough to get a read on how the new guys are doing.  Brock McBride didn’t record any stats that showed up into the box score.  Connor Shields had a couple of shots on goal.  But Aaron was complimentary of our new #52, defenseman Patrick Coulombe.  And Coach Herbers liked his game tonight too.

“I thought he struggled a little bit with Toronto just handling weight down in our corners in the d zone…Hamilton is a little bit speedier team with smaller forwards, and I thought he did well against them, because he can skate and is a very smart player.  He moves the puck crisp, he was hard on pucks, got to loose pucks in a hurry, didn’t shy away from any battle. Got his nose in there, got dirty in the corners and along walls, and battled and won battles. And that’s what he needs to do.  I thought he was very good tonight, and was confident playing him out there tonight.”

With the OT loss and Houston’s 8-1 romp over Rockford, the Admirals are still in first place, with 79 points in 61 games.  Followed by Houston in second with 77 points in 64 games.

Travel day Thursday, and then they’ve got a game in Rosemont on Friday night.  With MacIntyre now in Hamilton and Peter Mannino in Atlanta, that leaves one goalie on the roster right now for the Wolves:  his name is Chris Carrozzi.  He made his AHL debut on Tuesday, stopping 21 of 27 shots in a 6-5 overtime loss to Peoria.

7 thoughts on “Former Captain Sinks Admirals In Hamilton”

  1. The word on Belak is there isn’t any word. He was assigned, but unless he’s walking, it shouldn’t take him half a week to meet up with the team.

    Josi is day-to-day, Klasen is on the mend.

  2. 3 out of 4 points on the trip up north…I’ll take it with the lineup we have. Dawes and Mac were Admirals killers for chicago and it appears they will be no matter where they play.

    Awesome to see our D stepping up and chipping in goals.

    Aaron seemed impressed with McBride, as did the people in Houston….will be nice to see what he brings to the table. Nice to see Thuresson with a goal and an assist as well.

    Again, I’ll take 3 out of 4 on that trip anyday…and to do it with our lineup is just impressive. Still have 2 points on Houston, and 3 games in hand….we are in good shape.

  3. Now that Blake Geoffrion has 2 goals in his last 2 NHL games, can we agree that he’s not coming back to the Ads this year? Jon Blum is obviously not coming back, either.

  4. I think that would be safe to assume Boom Boom. I just wish Blake would have rushed the net more often here lol.

    The Preds can still not make the playoffs. They are currently in the 7th seed I believe, but before the win last night they were 10th (or something outside the top 8). We’ll probably see them back if the Preds don’t make the playoffs or if they are eliminated and the Ads are still going. We have to assume both Blake and Blum will be on our clear day roster.

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