Van Guilder Nets Two In Admirals Shootout Win

Playing their third game in three days, the Admirals still had quite a bit left in the tank offensively.  They put 45 shots on goal, eventually prevailing 5-4 in a shootout against the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday afternoon.

Mark Van Guilder had a pair of goals, Ryan Flynn had a pair of helpers, while Jani Lajunen scored his first North American goal.  Jeremy Smith stopped 16 of 20 shots, seeing action in his third game in three days.

Coach Herbers has some very positive feedback for the way Van Guilder has been playing.

Dylan Olsen opened the scoring at 4:09 of the first period, tapping in a perfect centering pass from Jimmy Hayes.  Olsen was on a b-line to the net, and was a lot more wide open than he was supposed to be.

Joel Champagne answered about four and a half minutes later.  Mark Van Guilder created an offensive zone turnover along the far boards, and then Ryan Flynn fed a perfect pass to Champagne from behind the goal line.

Peter LeBlanc gave the lead back to the IceHogs at 13:12, deflecting a shot from defenseman Brian Fahey.

Mark Van Guilder tied the game just under a minute later.  After a long stretch in the defensive zone, Juuso Puustinen and Taylor Beck led the rush into the offensive zone while Michaell Latta went off for the change.  MVG replaced him, and went straight to the net.  Beck and Puustinen maintained possesion long enough for MVG to catch up with the play, and Beck fed MVG for the bang-bang goal.

Jani Lajunen then scored his first North American goal, finishing on a shot from the point by Tyler Sloan.  Goaltender Alec Richards stopped most of it, but it trickled through five-hole.  Lajunen’s stick beat Richards’ glove to the loose puck, and gave the Ads the lead.  Lajunen says it’s a relief to finally get the first one.

So after one period, the Admirals outshot the IceHogs 14-5, and led 3-2.

Rockford scored twice in the second period, first on a great individual effort by Andrew Shaw, after deeking Scott Valentine out of his skates before his shot.

Rostislav Olesz scored a power play goal while Taylor Aronson was serving a Yonking penalty.  Shawn Lalonde had the shot from the point, and Olesz won the battle in front of the crease and put it behind Smitty.

At 13:44, Jeremy Morin was given a five minute major for elbowing, and a game misconduct.  Joel Champagne took the brunt of the elbow, and was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher.  The Admirals could not score on that 5-minute power play.

Despite outshooting the IceHogs 28-13 after 40 minutes, the Admirals found themselves down a goal and down a player that had been playing very well.  We asked Coach Herbers what the message was in the 2nd intermission.

3:02 into the 3rd period, Mark Van Guilder tied it up with his second of the game.  The play was similar to Champagne’s goal earlier, in that Ryan Flynn passed the puck from behind the goal line to the guy crashing the net.

In the shootout, Smitty stopped all four tries he faced, and Michael Latta and Ryan Ellis scored five-hole on Richards.  Here’s Coach Herbers on tonight’s plan on the shootout.



Bourque – Mueller – Thang
Champagne – Van Guilder – Flynn
Beck – Latta – Puustinen
Slaney – Lajunen – Stortini

Ellis-Sloan, Ford-Bartley, Valentine-Aronson

So the $64,000 question….how is Joel Champagne?  We’ll let him tell you.

So he doesn’t remember much…but he got an elbow in the jaw.  He said he doesn’t think he had a concussion.  So it looks like the team dodged a huge bullet there, especially since he’s been playing so well lately.

– Seemed as though Mueller (-3) and Thang (-2) weren’t on the ice as much late in the game while the other three lines were rolling pretty consistently, with Bourque taking Champagne’s spot with Van Flynder.

– Rockford scored their four goals on their first NINE shots.  Smitty wasn’t as sharp, but had to deal with some deflections, missed assignments, and lost battles by his defense on a few occasions.  Smitty looked better over the 2nd half of the game.

– Ryan Ellis — not playing like the best prospect in the system.  The similie was brought up in the comment section of a previous post….but does he remind you of Cody Franson, just without the size?

– Special teams….still struggling on both sides of late.  Another power play goal allowed, and another 0h-fer with the man-advantage.


What does Van Guilder need to do to get on Nashville’s radar for a call-up?  Do you agree with Coach Herbers that he’s been the best and most reliable forward this year?  Are we being too hard on Ryan Ellis?  What specifically do you want the team to work on this week before Toronto comes to town on Friday?

9 thoughts on “Van Guilder Nets Two In Admirals Shootout Win”

  1. MVG has been fav player for sometime (been debating between him and bartley for next jersey) and his work ethic specifically in the faceoff dot remind me of pevs, hard working, reliable faceoffs, and solid in both ends, he may not have the offense like pevs buts works just as hard! Nashville claims that these guys are the best fit in their system but have let go of two of them in peverley and jones both guys willinh to get dirty and score. Nashville should give him a shot. Ellis is more like ville K can’t hold the blue line in important situations, still young and should develop better that why he is in milwaukee to develop and get better. Thankfully morin got tossed we prolly lose in regulation with him in there

  2. Mueller was out for quite awhile in the 3rd, was then in for a couple shifts and then never came back. Thang looked like he got hurt in the end of the 3rd.
    might have been holding his hand, Hopefully they are both ok.

  3. Puustinen was out for awhile as well in the 3rd. His first shift in awhile came only when Bourque went to the box for the fight.

  4. Mueller, Ford, and Ellis all looked poor yesterday. Those three especially seemed extremely sluggish throughout the game.

    Has been extremely nice to see MVG and Flynn working well together. Flynn has been doing a great job crashing the boards this year and doing the small things that never make it on the stat sheet.

    As a side note: Can we not schedule a Ads game at the same time as a Packer game?!? Hate only seeing 2500 people at a weekend game.

  5. MDG, The Ads game was scheduled at 4 all along, because the Packers game was originally scheduled at noon. It got flexed to 3:15, nothing really the Ads could have done.

    MVG certainly has a future as a 3rd or 4th line guy in Nashville if he keeps it up. Like Jon said, he’s the epitome of what Nashville prides itself on.

    Can we take up a collection to send Aronson back to Cincy? He’s awful.

  6. Bourque is looking noticably frustrated as of late. I don’t know if it’s his lack of scoring, increased physicality of working the dirty places or both.

    As for what to work on before Toronto visits, since we’re back to dump & chase hockey, how about working on getting someone even close to where the puck gets dumped. Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to buy a defenseman or two who are actually big enough to not bounce off of everyone they hit.

  7. Thang was slashed on the wrist / hand joint. Both refs missed that one!

    No, we aren’t being too hard on Ellis. He can’t hold the zone. I see it every game, just like frontrowjon said.

    The Ads could cycle the puck but not score. They need work on special teams.

  8. About the dump and chase thing……if Herbie is supposedly bringing back the dump and chase….hard to not be a fan of the results. Since Herbie took over….games of 8 goals, 5 goals, 3, 4, 2, and 5. If dump and chase gets us four goals a game, then I’ll be a cheerleader for it.

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