If the team wasn’t motivated by Coach Lambert to play with more energy and passion in this game, the Peoria Rivermen made them do it out of self-defense.
While the Rivermen likely won the hits stat category tonight, the Admirals scored twice in 11 seconds in the second period, en route to a 2-1 victory Sunday evening at the Bradley Center.
A much better game than Friday against the IceHogs. Here’s Coach Lambert.
Mark Dekanich made
26 saves 31 saves (they added five after the game….gotta love it) and the one that got by him was a great deflection from the slot by Derek Nesbitt.
Chris Mueller had a goal in the 1st period. It didn’t count though. After getting behind the defense, he beat Jake Allen glove side. And the Oscar goes to….Jake Allen! For his role in scooping the puck back out from behind the goalline, and keeping the play going. Fooled the goal judge and the referee. But replays clearly showed it should have been a goal.
We had Roundtable resident digital sketch artist Johnny B give us this re-enactment of Mueller’s goal.
It gives Coach another chance to plea for video replay.
Mark Van Guilder scored the first Admiral goal that counted. Kelsey Wilson was skating with the puck around the boards behind the goal line. But instead of taking it with him behind the net, he fired a quick pass to Van Guilder in front of the net on the near side.
11 seconds later (sure felt like less than `11 seconds), Mike Bartlett used his speed to get behind the defense for a breakaway, and beat Jake Allen glove side. It was a pretty good move, and may move Bartlett up the charts a bit on the shootouts.
The two goals were the second quickest Admiral goals this season, with the fastest pair coming in at ten seconds against Rockford January 29th….featuring Geoffrion and Bartlett.
Later in the period, Mark Cundari boarded Linus Klasen into the near boards. He was assessed a five minute boarding major, a game misconduct, and we won’t be surprised if the league asks him to take a few more games off too. All of the Rivermen were taking their shots at Klasen over the first half of the game, finishing their checks and making sure he heard footsteps. Here’s the coach:
Klasen played on the power play that resulted from the hit, but did not come back for another shift after that. And he won’t be making the road trip.
Wilson – Van Guilder – Thuresson
Bourque – Mueller – Klasen
Flynn – Bartlett – Hunter
McBride – Shields – Thang
Thang moved up to the Mueller line after Klasen’s hit.
The Admirals were not penalized at all in the game. In the last two games, they’ve just taken one penalty. 17 minutes for Cundari, and a bench minor for too many men on the ice. Sounds like a typical Jeff Smith game.
Speaking of Jeff Smith – yeah, it’s frustrating to see some of the liberties that our opponent was able to get away with….but it’s a Jeff Smith game. This is what happens in Jeff Smith games. He lets them play. He gets in the way of live play. He looks bored most of the time. Anything else would have been surprising. I’m just happy to see he got the Cundari call correct.
Five of the Rivermen’s previous seven games were against the Wolves. Maybe some Andre Deveaux rubbed off on them in preparation for this game? Pretty awful scheduling quirk.
Houston also won, so the Admirals still will hold down the top spot in the division by one point.
Sutty is considering litigation against Roscoe after that cheese race. Yes, Sutty dressed as Beer Cheese tonight. But it’s Roscoe’s birthday, so I don’t think his argument will hold up in court.
Questions For Discussion:
Did you feel like our guys were getting beaten up? Do you think the team did a good job using its speed to neutralize the physicality? Are you surprised there wasn’t a fight?
Do you think the power play is better with or without Klasen? We haven’t been able to give out our Mountain Fury power play bottles these last two games….
Do they look like a playoff team? Do you remember the last time they played a full 60 minutes?
And why have goal judges if the referee won’t even talk to them?