The Mountain Fury Power Play would be the difference in the game tonight, as the Admirals scored 2 special team goals to beat the San Antonio Rampage Sunday evening 2-1. With both teams playing their third game in as many days the question was how the teams would respond. Here’s what coach Lambert thought about the weekend, which gave the Admirals five of a possible six points in the standings.
The Admirals had their first Mountain Fury Power Play of the game at the 6:06 mark of the first. Being bored with the normal 2 minutes given for a minor infraction, the Admirals chose to convert at the 6:12 mark of the first period. Randy Robitaille didn’t even have a chance to sit down in the box before Teemu Laakso netted his 5th goal of the year. Ryan Thang was able to gather the face off and send the puck to the far point to Roman Josi. Roman then sent the rink wide pass to Laakso who gathered and fired beating Jimmy Joe Fallon top right for the first goal of the game.
The second period was also beneficial for the special teams as both squads lit the lamp with a power play goal. It was San Antonio that was first to score in the frame. With Dylan Hunter in the box for a tripping call it was the Rampage’s Mathieu Beaudoin who netted the equalizer at the 3:12 mark. Beaudoin was down low around the goal line when he put an innocent enough shot on net that just squeaked past the lazy leg of Jeremy Smith and just over the line for his 21st on the year. It was one of those plays that would not be a goal 9 times out of 10 but this is the time he caught Smith sleeping a little.
Despite that play, Coach Lambert was pleased with Smith’s performance, and how he’s been playing in general of late.
Not to be outdone the Admirals answer back at 15:41. This Mountian Fury Power Play was brought to us by a Matt “one point twenty one giga” Watkins slashing penalty. The Admirals had an odd man rush entering the offensive zone, but the Rampage were quick on their heels. Kelsey Wilson was carrying the zone along the far boards when he sent a pass backwards and across the rink to Johnson, who fired a shot on net. Johnson’s shot was stopped by the pad of Fallon (no, still not Jimmy) and Andreas Thuresson was there to stuff home the loose change. This goal was Thuresson’s 3rd in two days.
The Ads were outshot 14-6 in the third period, which is kind of what we expected considering the long weekend. But Smith and the Admirals defense were up to the task, and keep their hold on 1st place in the West Division.
The Admirals magic number is now…………… 2. Wednesday sounds like a great day to punch the playoff ticket, don’t you think? See you back here at the BC then.
Ford drops the gloves for the second time in as many days. It was an okay bout. Better than his fight yesterday.
Injuries: Dylan Hunter took a stick to the face and went down to the ice. When he got up he had a nice little pool of blood under him. His status you ask? Coach says upper body injury, and he doesn’t know the timetable yet. Conor Shields update, by popular demand: He had Butler and VCU in the final four. Steve Begin is likely to be back in the lineup this week, maybe even Wednesday. Dekanich and Klasen are not “out for the year”, but probably won’t play again in the regular season.
Other than the “lazy leg” goal smith was very consistent. I can’t recall any big WOW saves or remember any moments where I covered my eyes and had to peek through my fingers either.
Santorelli was a scratch…. Again… Must be that cat-scratch.
Does the power play look to be fixed? Or is it more of the same, just with some good bounces?
Do you like the dog promotion? I always feel bad for those that sing the National Anthem on dog days….I hope they don’t take it personally!
If Smith keeps playing well when Dex is ready to go, do you think they’ll play the hot hand, or is Smith just keeping the crease paint warm for Dex?