This doesn’t look like the same team that started the season so well, even though much of the personnel is the same.
The Admirals have hit the All-Star Break losers of four in a row, and six of their last seven, as they lost to the Rockford IceHogs 3-1 on Saturday night.
Goals are still a premium for the Admirals, as they scored just one goal in three of their four losses.
We’re tired of asking about it, and I’m sure Coach Herbers is tired of talking about it.
The Admirals found themselves trailing 4:15 into the first period after a Joe Lavin shot from the far point was deflected by Rostislav Olesz just inside of the far circle. The shot went down, and went between Jeremy Smith’s legs.
The Ads tied it up about eight a half minutes later with Taylor Beck’s 8th of the year. Scott Valentine had a nice keep-in at the point, and sent the puck towards the net. Joel Champagne had the initial shot, but Beck was able to deflect it in.
In the second period, Lavin got a goal for himself. A shot from the near point that beat Smith far side. A Chet Pickard style goal that makes you scratch your head.
Brain Fahey made it a two-goal lead with a power play marker. Ben Smith was behind the goal-line, and sent a pass to Fahey pinching to the far faceoff dot. Blake Geoffrion was the forward on that side, and couldn’t decide whether to go after Smith or watch Fahey.
Carter Hutton continued his strong play for the IceHogs, netting his 10th win of the season. Coach Herbers credits not only the hot goalie, but the hot team playing in front of him too.
Confidence. Attitude. Energy. Gel-ing. If you were playing the $25,000 Pyramid, those would be “Things Not Associated With The Admirals Right Now.”
– Jon Blum. A big disappointment. Although, to his credit, he did make some nice plays in crunch time late in the third period. But he doesn’t look like he’s particularly invested in this team right now. Easy for me to say in press row, but I think he played better when he was here last year. (This just in….10:08 pm, Jon Blum tweets “Well, All-Star Break is here. Heading back to sunny southern California for a few days to celebrate my birthday with family. Can’t wait.”
Draw your own conclusions. Make up your own punchlines.
– Blake Geoffrion. Not much better. Not making a positive impact like he should be. He stood out tonight.
– I’d really like to point to someone who stood out in a good way by having a pretty good game, and I’m having a tough time doing it. Yes, the effort in the third period was much much better…but this team needs to find a way to bottle that and play like that for longer stretches of time.
So as the zamboni circles the BMO Harris Bank Center ice to clean up the pink highlights….we’ll wrap this up. We’ll leave with one question for the Roundtable: How do you fix the Admirals right now?