The Admirals had a lead for a change….their first lead since January 24th. But the Peoria Rivermen broke a tied score with two goals in third period, coasting to a 4-2 win over the Admirals Friday night at the Bradley Center.
Same stuff, different game.
Here’s the coach.
The Admirals started the scoring off with an odd man rush. Kyle Wilson grabed a loose puck and took off down the ice with Ryan Thang as his wingman, leaving Brennan Evans the only man on D. Wilson never needed his wingman as he fired a shot on net from the far circle that beat Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop for the first goal of the night at 5:03.
The Rivermen answered back at 11:05 off of a play that I am not quite sure of how it got in. Jonathan Cheechoo fired a shot from the point that (and here is where it gets confusing) hit Jeremy Smith’s stick? A defenders stick? Divine intervention? Either way it fluttered up in the air and in.
The second period is under—-….GOAL!!!! Yea, it happened that fast. Just :12 into the second period Blake Geoffrion found himself in the right place at the right time to net his first on the year and give the Admirals the 2-1 lead. Geoffrion was fighting down low when a puck came sliding right through the slot. He spun around to break free of his defender and slapped the puck right past a Bishop that was caught between playing the puck and staying home. As I mentioned this was Geoffrion’s first for the Ads this season and hopefully it opens the flood gates for many, many, more.
The Rivermen answered back later in the 2nd as Adam Cracknell puts just enough on a Smith rebound to even the score. Cheechoo fired a puck from between the circles that was stopped by Smith, who couldn’t hang on. He sent the rebound towards the far circle. Cracknell was crashing down from the slot when he swiped at the puck and caught just enough to send the fluttering puck past Smith. Not really anyone’s fault…just a great effort by Cracknell.
The Admirals had an early power play chance in the third period with some excellent scoring chances, but came up dry with the man-advantage. Shortly after the power play ended, Cheechoo scored his second of the game, that ended up being the game winner.
As Scott Ford and Anthony Nigro were battling, the puck ended up right under the two. Neither player was able to get to the puck as thier sticks were locked. Cheechoo came on over and just slapped at the puck sending another slow moving shot over Smiths shoulder and in. This is the first time in the night I wondered if they should try to get something back and put Atte Engren in. I thought about that for a little bit and decided “nah”.
About two minutes later, the Rivermen got another one past Smitty. This goal however was not Smith’s, as a sloppy turnover in the defensive zone led to some nice passing, and Derek Nesbitt had a wide open net to work with.
Here’s coach on the third period.
At the end of the game, the Admirals couldn’t even control the puck long enough to get Smith to the net for the extra attacker.
The Admirals probably had their most watched warm-up session of the year, but not by choice. The referee Tim Mayer blew a couple of tires on I-94 on his way to the arena. We’ve all had days like that…so I’m not going to rip on the guy for that.
I think the turning point of the game was coming up empty on that first power play in the third period. They had chances, thay had plays that should have been goals.
We asked Coach about the Nashville guys.
I’ll respectfully disagree about Blum. He was terrible on the second power play, and I see way too many bad decisions. A lot of them haven’t burned us, but it still makes you scratch your head.
Here’s a quote from Geoffrion…it’s funny because he talks about it being a young team…and he makes it sound like he’s not included in that.
Latta and Puustinen update…
You know what the Rivermen did really well on their goals? They crashed the net and worked harder in front of the net. Is anybody other than Stortini and maybe Brodie Dupont doing that for the Admirals? Anybody? Bueller?
Does Koger look really good, or just look really good in comparison to the other guys on the team out there?
We’ll end with Aaron Sims’ last tweet: “Since Dec. 31
@mkeadmirals are 3-11-1-0. Every mistake is magnified. Time to end this garbage. Who will be the leader?”
Who will it be?