Ryan Thang scored his team-leading 5th goal of the season off of a rebound in the 3rd period, and Jeremy Smith picked up his third win against the Wolves in this young season, as the Admirals topped Chicago 2-1 on Friday night in Rosemont.
Jeremy Smith has yielded just five goals in his three games against the Wolves this season, and turned aside 27 shots tonight.
The Ads outshot the Wolves 19-12 in the first period (remember those games last season when they didn’t get 19 shots in an entire game?), but they couldn’t beat Wolves goaltender Matt Climie in that opening frame.
Chicago struck first in the second period when Nathan Longpre scored his first pro goal, putting in a Darren Haydar pass from the corner.
Just before the end of the period, Juuso Puustinen answered back with a goal on a breakaway off of a pass from Victor Bartley.
Thang scored on a 3-on-1 rush after Climie made the first save on a Kyle Wilson shot. This was Thang’s second game-winner of the season.
– While Smitty deserves a ton of credit, I think we also need to recognize that our young defense has done a nice job not looking like a young defense. They’re not perfect, but they’re not making jaw-dropping mistakes that lead to goals for the opposition. So on the nights when the Admirals score only two goals, they can still come away with two points. Coach Herbers deserves some of that credit too.
– Don’t look now….but that’s five wins in a row against the Wolves, going back to the end of last season. We’ll have to check with Don Tanner how close that is to a record for us in the all-time series.
– 21 regular season games on the road with at least a point. Remarkable.
– Power play was hot and cold….the unit played very well at times, but it’s still having a tough time converting on the road. 0-3 tonight.
– Cal O’Reilly was traded today. Just for old-times sake….join me in a rousing rendition of “SHOOT! THE! PUCK! CAL!” Seriously, best of luck to Cal in Phoenix. We’ll remember the good times, for sure. Great guy.
– Saturday brings us a Grand Rapids team that is 3-5 on the year, and coming off of a 5-1 loss to Abbotsford on home ice Friday night. They scored 53 seconds into the game, and were never heard from again. Remember Krys Kolanos? Had a hat trick for Abbotsford, and the Heat converted on three power play chances. There were also 118 minutes worth of penalties between the two teams, including a goalie fight between Leland Irving and Joey MacDonald.
So who knows what mood they’ll be in Saturday night.