Chris Mueller showed up in Hamilton.
The rest of the team? Tough to say.
Sloppy turnovers in the neutral zone and missed assignments in the defensive zone were the two culprits in the Admirals’ 4-2 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs Wednesday night, extending their road loss streak to 6 games.
Chris Mueller scored on a perfectly executed 5-on-3 power play that tied the game at 1 early in the second period. But the Bulldogs scored the next three before Mueller scored his second of the game after a Bulldog turnover.
The Admirals had a power play chance with 8:07 left in the game, but could not convert. And then Scott Valentine took a cross-checking penalty with 2:49 in the game, which pretty much sealed the deal for the Bulldog win.
Coach Herbers shook up the lines.
Beck – Mueller – Latta
Dupont – Wilson – Puustinen
Thang – Van Guilder – Flynn
Champagne – Lajunen – Stortini
– This may have been the first time this season that Michael Latta didn’t play center for most of the game. And after a strong game at center on Sunday, Kyle Wilson found himself taking face-offs tonight.
– The new lines were thrown out the window after Taylor Beck left the game early in the second period. Coach Drulia didn’t give any details about what happened on the radio post-game show. (If they have to call someone up from Cincy….well, at least they’ll be in Ohio tomorrow.)
– Juuso Puustinen, who had scored in three of his last four games, passed up a lot of shots in favor of pass plays even when he had open looks. He ended the night with just one shot on goal. On the post game show, Coach Drulia said that Puustinen had a great morning skate…so much that he wanted to be Puustinen’s linemate tonight.
– Tyler Sloan was especially sloppy with the puck. And the Bulldogs scored while he was in the penalty box.
– Ryan Thang was pointless again, but was robbed a couple of times by Bulldog goaltender Robert Mayer.
– Back at it again tomorrow…see if they can get some revenge on the Lake Erie Monsters, and see if they can get that road monkey off of their bus.