After a huge win in Chicago last night, the Admirals were not able to make the most of their chances Saturday night, losing to the Manitoba Moose 4-2 at the Bradley Center.
Here’s the coach:
Entering the third period down a pair of goals, Ryan Flynn got one back 2:59 into the third, re-directing a shot-off-goal from Aaron Johnson. It took great hand-eye coordination, and goaltender Tyler Weiman didn’t stand a chance.
Mark Van Guilder took an ill-advised Yonking penalty late in the game (of course, all Yonking penalties are ill-advised), and that really stunted any kind of momentum that was up for grabs.
After killing off the penalty, they pulled Mark Dekanich for an extra attacker, and Gabriel Bourque almost tied it….if he could have elevated his shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle, the roof would have blown off the BC. After that save, the Admirals couldn’t get anything going, and Aaron Volpatti scored an empty netter in the closing seconds to make it a 4-2 final.
The Moose struck first, as Sergei Shirokov deflected a shot from the point by defenseman Keith Seabrook past Mark Dekanich. Dex didn’t look very comfortable over the first 10 minutes of the game, but seemed to settle down the rest of the period.
The Admirals answered back with a Mountain Fury power play goal from Grant Lewis. He had a shot from just above the top of the near faceoff circle, and his shot may have been slightly deflected by a sliding Aaron Volpatti. Deflection or no deflection, it beat Tyler Weiman.
It seemed on that power play, the Admirals were trying their best to make sure plays went through Lewis. He seemed to be in a Jon Blum kind of role, pinching and retreating and fielding cross-ice passes. Nice to see it worked on that first power play.
Yann Sauve scored for the Moose 8:34 into the second period on a power play. His shot from the near circle beat Dex stick side. Dex may have had one eye on the puck, and one eye on Bill Sweatt, who was in the process of crashing the net, and was sure to gobble up any rebound.
Guillaume Desbiens scored the game winning goal the second a Moose power play ended. Another deflection goal after a shot from the point by Shirokov.
These linesmen were trash. And they blatantly missed an icing call in the final minute that would have saved some time and brought a faceoff back to the Moose end of the ice.
Dex was a rebound machine for stretches of this game, but he really shut the door in the third period, making a few spectacular saves, bailing out his defensemen, who were watching forwards go around them.
Belak watch – stop watching. According to Paul Fenton, Belak is staying in Nashville “in residence”. (We’ll have more thoughts from Fenton later this week)
Injury update – here’s the coach.
Houston and San Antonio lost tonight. Peoria, Texas and Oklahoma City won.
Was it just a matter of bounces tonight?
Did anyone stand out as having a good game? Lewis, maybe? Bourque was pretty good, despite his fail at the end. Anyone else?
Thoughts on the new guys? Think any of them have the chance to be on the clear day roster?
Admirals are off until next Friday….in your opinion, do they usually perform better after a long break like that?