In a 2:02 span of the second period, the Admirals scored thrice, and 66 minutes of penalties were dealt out by referee Koharski-du-jour.
The rest of the game? Not nearly as exciting, but the bottom line is that it was a 4-1 Admiral victory over the San Antonio Rampage Friday night.
With the win, the Admirals extend their lead on the Houston Aeros in the standings to three points, with two extra games to play.
After the scoreless first period, former Admiral Bracken Kearns scored his second goal in as many games against the Admirals, tipping in a pass from Matt Watkins 3:12 into the second period.
The Admirals answered back later in the period with three goals in 98 seconds.
The power play got the first one on the tail end of an Alexandre Picard roughing penalty. An Aaron Johnson shot went off the stick of Matt Watkins and past Joe Fallon — who wasn’t originally supposed to play here today. Matt Climie was a last-minute scratch.
The Admirals dominated play after the ensuing faceoff, and were rewarded with a goal after Randy Robitaille couldn’t clear the puck out of the zone. Mueller played the puck back to Teemu Laakso, and his blast from the slot went over Fallon’s glove.
24 seconds after Laakso’s goal, Andreas Thuresson scored his tenth of the year from the near circle over the shoulder of Fallon. Mark Santorelli deserves a lot of credit for his play with the puck and his vision, finding Thuresson going to the net.
And then 24 seconds after THAT goal, we got a slew of penalty minutes.
It started with Scott Ford and Dane Byers. Lots of the other players on the ice started chirping at each other. There was dancing. And eventually Nolan Yonkman and Kelsey Wilson dropped the gloves. Yonkman had a lot of swings and misses. Wilson did a lot of clutching. They both connected for one shot, pretty much at the same time, but Wilson’s may have been the better one.
Wilson and Yonkman were given game misconducts.
With all the gloves and sticks scattered everywhere, Aaron Sims said it looked like a 9-year-old’s bedroom on the ice.
I’m not going to go through all the penalties…you can check the box score if you want to see the damage. But when you do check it out, note the people who were involved — the new guys. New guys making a statement. Think Coach Lambert liked seeing that? I’d wager.
Chris Mueller added an empty net goal with 7.7 seconds to play — his third point of the night.
The Admirals benefited from some quick whistles towards the end of the game, as scrambles were blown dead before pucks were actually covered by Smith.
It’s now 14 straight road games with at least a point for the Admirals.
Chris Mueller has turned into an assist machine this month, with nine helpers in nine March games, and he had a part in six of the seven Admirals goals scored on this three game road trip.
Jeremy Smith was solid in net, stopping 29 of 30 shots. He didn’t get any of the 3 stars of the game, but I think he should have been in the conversation.
Mark Dekanich joined Aaron Sims on his broadcast during the second intermission. And he said the following:
“We’re not quite sure yet exactly what it is, or how long it’s going to take. But I’m looking forward to getting back out there soon and I’ll try and rehab it as fast as I can.”
We are men of action. Lies do not become us. You don’t have to tell us what it is. But don’t give us that weak sauce.
I’d like to apologize now, for using the phrase “weak sauce”.
Mark Van Guilder missed the game with an undisclosed injury. He seemed to go out of his way to be unspecific too, when on the air with Aaron in the 1st intermission.
So the Admirals will wake up early to catch their flight back to Milwaukee, to play the
Cleveland Lake Erie Monsters Saturday night. The Monsters were terrible guests in Grand Rapids Friday night, scoring five goals in the 2nd period, on their way to a 7-2 win. Let’s hope they got everything out of their system in that game.
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