Smith & Van Guilder Shine In Ads 2-0 Win

That first-game-of-the-weekend sluggishness?  Mysteriously absent on Friday night.

Mark Van Guilder scored another pair of goals, and Jeremy Smith was perfect in net, as the Admirals shutout the Toronto Marlies 2-0 at the Bradley Center.

It was the second straight 2-goal performance for MVG, and Coach is not surprised to see it.

Van Guilder’s first goal came 15:11 into the first period, off another nice pass from Ryan Flynn.  After skating with the puck behind the goal, Flynn came out the other side, and fed Van Guilder crashing towards the net for another bang-bang goal.

With Tyler Sloan serving a tripping penalty in the 3rd period, Van Guilder intercepted a pass from Mike Zigomanis at the Admiral blue line.  And then it was off to the races.  Van Guilder beat Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens five-hole for the shorthanded tally.

Here’s Mark on his night.

And Smitty was solid all night.  But he doesn’t think it was his best game of the year.


New lines:

Geoffrion – Latta – Thang
Wilson – Mueller – Puustinen
Bourque – Van Guilder – Flynn
Beck – Lajunen – Stortini

We asked coach which of the new lines he liked best….but he liked them all.

The most interesting part about that quote is how he didn’t have to worry about match-ups all night.  Kadri is an elite player, and to not have to worry about a 4th line being stuck out there against him is a luxury.

– So does Coach send Smitty right back out there tomorrow night against Rockford?  He said he didn’t know yet.  But he could report that Smitty had a pretty good week at practice, and it showed.

– Kelsey Wilson made his first return to the Bradley Center as the opposition.  Here are some quotes from him about coming back to town, and whether or not he would have dropped the gloves with Fordo.

– Geoffrion and Blum played their first games of the season for Milwaukee tonight.

First, some thoughts from Blake.

He also said his shoulder felt pretty good.  There was one time where he kind of got stung, but he said it held up fine.

And Blummer — first on whether he was surprised to be sent down, and then how long he thinks he’ll be with us.

A lot can happen.  Also worth noting is that the NHL holiday roster freeze is coming up.  December 19th-27th, players on the NHL roster cannot be sent down.  They can be called up from the AHL if needed, but if they’re on the NHL roster on Monday, they’ll be there until the freeze thaws out, whether they’re getting playing time or not.  So while they may have been told to play the 3 games this weekend, and we’ll see what happens Monday….I certainly won’t be surprised if the freeze starts and they’re still here.

The 3-in-3 continues in Rockford tomorrow night.  I won’t be making the trip….but if you’re going, stop by Beef-A-Roo for me!  They’re known for their beef, I hear….

7 thoughts on “Smith & Van Guilder Shine In Ads 2-0 Win”

  1. Kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place with the goalie situation. Hard to bench a goalie when he’s hot, but if you’re going to rest him at some point this weekend, might as well do it against the team that’s fighting for that last place trophy!

  2. Pants are great, thanks for asking!

    Really impressed with the game last night. REALLY impressed. Blum, Geoffrion, WIlson back…..all made no huge difference at all except for the fact as what coach said, we could roll 4 lines and 3 d pairing and have NO dropoff from top line to 4th line.

    MVG, as Aaron Sims tweeted is doing EVERYTHING right with his game right now. Kid deserves a look in Nashville. Although, Toronto was playing with FIVE forwards on that PP unit. Surprised we were the last time in the AHL to get a shorty this year.

    Smitty played a hell of a game. As a goalie, somedays the puck looks like a beachball, and I think this was one of those nights for him. Why not let him go 3 in 3.

    Supposedly Blake is here on a rehab assignment, but I think he could REALLY use some more time down here even after this weekend. He’s still young, and I think he could definitely use some time being a leader down here, and that would serve him well in the long run, much better than 8-12 mins a game with Nashville would.

  3. The Admirals played well against a good skating team. Smith had good positioning the entire game. The D-men let him see the puck coming and swept away the few rebounds allowed.

    Ryan: I saw you on the concourse talking to some fans before the game.

  4. The crowd of 5544 seemed really loud last night, especially for a game that was a 1-0 defensive battle most of the time. When I came home, I noticed that my ears were ringing!

  5. It was a great game!
    Man I wish we could have kept Kelsey, such a class act.
    I think when his time is done on the ice, he needs some kind of role here in Milwaukee.
    At very least, his number should be retired.

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