Ads Beat Rivermen To Make It A 4-Point Weekend

The road streak is now 22 straight regular season road games with at least a point in the standings, as the Admirals broke a 1-1 tie early in the 3rd period, and held on to defeat the Rivermen 2-1 Saturday night in Peoria.  (Check out the Rivermen Blog recap here)

TJ Hensick served just 7 seconds of his elbowing penalty, as Kyle Wilson fired a shot past Ben Bishop after a great pass through the slot from Juuso Puustinen just 1:07 into the 3rd period.

The Admirals seem to have had a knack early in the season for striking in the first 10 minutes of the third period to either take the lead or increase a lead.

Ryan Ellis opened the scoring with his third goal in his last four games.  Ben Ryan did the work in the corner, and then Michael Latta found Ellis at the far point.  His shot through traffic beat Ben Bishop.

The Admirals outshot the Rivermen 16-7 in the first period…another strong start out of the gate.

In the second, the Rivermen tied the game with a power play goal by Jonathan Cheechoo.  The veteran fed a bad pass into the slot that was blocked by Victor Bartley, but Jani Lajunen tried to stick-handle instead of get the puck out of trouble right away.  As Lajunen was fumbling with the puck, Cheechoo slapped it past Jeremy Smith to even the score.

The Admirals took the lead back on Wilson’s goal, and then proceeded to kill off a couple of penalties, including a Ryan Thang penalty with 44 seconds remaining, giving the Rivermen a 6-on-4 advantage with Bishop on the bench.  Smith stopped all 16 shots he faced in the third period, and held on to get his sixth win of the season.


Oh yeah, there were 30 minutes of penalties assessed before the game was 10 seconds old.  Zack Stortini and Anthony Peluso lined up against each other for the opening draw, cross-checked each other a couple times, and were sent to the box for 10-minute misconduct penalties before referee Shaun Davis even dropped the puck.  So those two penalties came at the 0:00 mark of the first period.  Then 10 seconds in, Scott Ford and Kyle Hagel dropped the gloves.  Hagel did not return to the game, presumably injured in some capacity.

While Smitty was great at stopping shots, so was the iron behind him.  The Rivermen hit at least two posts, and missed open nets on multiple occasions too.  A bit snake-bitten, they were.

The college schedule continues…as the Admirals have the week to practice before a pair of home games next weekend against Chicago and Oklahoma City (and the return of Triston Grant!)

6 thoughts on “Ads Beat Rivermen To Make It A 4-Point Weekend”

  1. Peluso is a goon. Ian Herbers said that Peluso started the fight. No news in that.

    Way to win on the road, again.

  2. WTF was Lajunen doing on that goal? That was seriously redonkulous.

    Good to see the pesky ads keep the road streak alive, Good to see Ben Ryan was noticeable to someone tonight. The Illinois domination continues.

  3. Thanks for the highlights MiB. Holy crap-I have no idea what Lajunen was doing there. I thought he put it in himself. Maybe it’s not a great idea to stick-handle the puck 1 foot in front of your own goal with the opposition bearing down…just a thought! Love the work our power play is doing-much improved!!

  4. Thanks for posting the video MiB.

    Great power play goal. Aaron said on the call that Wilson had all day….and he certainly did. Bishop was down and out!

    Big win for the Pesky Ads.

  5. I was at the game, and it was a fun one to watch. Both teams put a lot of energy into it. The Ads kept up the pace throughout the game.

    Jani Lajunen- for the rest of his life, he will have visions of that malfunction. When it happened, it looked as if he inadvertently knocked it in himself, but the replay showed that Cheechoo picked it up over Lajunen’s stick and into the goal. Lajunen knew he muffed, and it should serve as a reminder in future.

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