Previously on the Admirals Roundtable….
The Admirals rode a five game losing streak into Houston on February 5th, and skated out with a 2-1 victory.
The Admirals were riding a three game losing streak coming into tonight’s game with the Aeros, and home team was able to snap out of that skid with a 3-0 victory Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.
Jeremy Smith stopped all the shots he faced, and the metal behind him stopped a few as well. Officially, Smith made 23 saves, netting his second shutout of the season. After sitting out four of the last five games in favor of Atte Engren, Smith was great.
The Admirals got things started in the first with a Chris Mueller re-direct. Teemu Laakso circled the Aeros cage and sent a pass to the far-side point to Victor Bartley. He fired a wrister that got though some traffic where Chris Mueller re-directed it past a positioned Matt Hackett.
In the final seconds of the second period and with the Aeros on the power play there was a scrum in front of Jeremy Smith and the puck ended up in the back of the net. Immediatley after the light went on, Smith went berserker, imitating a kicking motion and every Admiral on the ice followed suit. The referee closest to the play quickly help up his hand and did the Jedi mind trick and all went quiet. The ref said something, and then skated over to converse with his counterparts. When he spun around from the meeting, he quickly signified the
safe motion NO GOAL motion. The puck was kicked in.
In the third period, an Aero had a shot on goal that hit metal twice, and then bounced out through the five-hole.
Here’s Coach Herbers on the concept of puck-luck.
The Ads then extended their lead in the third period on a great put-away by Joel Champagne. Laakso again got the puck to the point but this time it was Juuso Puustinen that corraled it. Juuso fired a shot from the middle of the blue line that found the pad of Hackett. The rebound went right to Champagne, who was grinding down low, and he fired it past Hackett. The goal gave the Admirals the insurance they needed as they went on to down the Aeros. Here’s the video of the goal, and the Coach’s thoughts on said goal.
Oh yeah, lest i forget, Jon Blum had an almost full-ice empty-net shorthanded goal to pad his stats and quell all the Blum haters. Hey look, if it gets him on track that is great news but I wouldn’t call it a breakthrough goal by any means. But did you see him celebrate?
I asked Coach after the game if this was as close as he’s seen to a 60 minute game in awhile, or is there more to work on. (Yes, I know games are usually 60 minutes long….settle down Sparky…Coach knew what I meant)
– Good things happen when you put the puck on net. The first two goals were both shots that started at the point, and with someone down low cashing in. That’s successful Admirals hockey. That’s what we need to see more of.
– I was hoping Ryan was going to ask everyone to exit through the gift shop at the end of the game….or drop in a Mountain Fury power play mention or SOMETHING! You know, Ryan always likes to say that Matt Moore’s job isn’t in jeopardy….but the last two home wins for the Ads have been with Ryan filling in. Just sayin’…
– MVG out for awhile. Measured in weeks, not days. Tyler Sloan is day-to-day. Flynn may be back this weekend. Latta is improving.
– So on to Oklahoma City this weekend. And it gives us a chance to link to this clip.
Questions: Best game you’ve seen in awhile? Was Smitty more good or more lucky? Scott Valentine returned to the lineup…did you like his game? He needs to stay out of the penalty box. Yay for the weddings…..I promised myself I…(sniff)…..I wouldn’t…(sniff)….cry…… Now where’s the open bar?