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.
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….