(Editor’s Note: We’ll have post-game audio tomorrow….We’re enjoying the Styx show tonight)
It’s good to get a laugher every now and then.
Jeremy Smith was solid in net, and the offense showed up in a big way, as the Admirals shutout the Chicago Wolves 6-0 on Saturday night.
Smitty was playing his first game after coming back from a tweeked-non-specific injury, and stopped all 27 shots he faced for his fifth straight win.
The Admirals outshot the Wolves 18-6 in the first period, picking up right where they left off last night in that category. Only tonight, they converted some more of those shots.
37 seconds after coming out of the penalty box, Zack Stortini put the Ads on the board at 9:34. He took a nice cross-ice pass from Mark Van Guilder that missed a couple of Wolves’ sticks on its way across the slot. Stortini was near the bottom of the near circle, and he chipped it far-side past Matt Climie.
Later in the period, Matt Clackson was given a double-minor for high sticking, and then Nolan Baumgartner boarded Stortini, setting the Ads up for a 5-on-3 power play.
At 16:31, Victor Bartley fired a shot from the top of the far circle that beat Climie through a Stortini screen. But what I’d like to highlight is what a good shift it was. Bartley did a nice job playing goaltender at the blue line, blocking multiple clear attempts.
The second period started with the Wolves on an extended power play due to Teemu Laakso’s 2nd and 3rd penalties of the game…but the Ads PK did a nice job blocking shots and not allowing prime scoring chances.
The Wolves did dominate the play for a good chunk of the period, but Ben Ryan was the only person to score in the frame. After he tipped a Victor Bartley shot on net, he poked the unsecured puck below Climie’s arm pit.
The Ads sailed away in the third period with three more goals. Juuso Puustinen led a 2-on-1 rush with Kevin Henderson against former Admiral Mark Matheson. Puustinen’s feed across the slot was deflected by Matheson, but it still made its way through to Henderson, who was able to control and fire past Climie for his first with the Admirals.
After a scuffle in front of Jeremy Smith netted the Ads a power play, Chris Mueller was able to ‘Fury The Fury’ on a play where he skated along the goal-line, and flipped the puck around and over Climie.
And then while Tyler Sloan was serving a tripping penalty, the Admirals cleared the zone just after the face-off, and Kevin Henderson won the race for the puck against Adam Polasek, who kind of lost his balance for a moment in front of the Milwaukee bench. Henderson went in all alone and beat Climie five-hole.
– A very strong game for both Ben Ryan and Kevin Henderson — two guys that may or may not be on the clear day roster on Monday. Ryan had some great chances, and it was great to see him convert on his goal. And Henderson….man, he shifted into another gear on the shorthanded goal.
– Didn’t see it happen…but I’m told someone tossed something into the Wolves penalty box. Not cool. Ever. Doesn’t matter who it is. Not cool.
– Special teams: Chicago went 0-6 on the power play. Ads went 2-4.
– Playoff picture: Ads sit in 9th place after tonight with 64 points. Houston is in 8th with 64 points, having played one less game. Peoria and Chicago have 65 points. San Antonio and Abbotsford have 67 points. 4th place in the conference is just three points ahead of us.
– I hope this game quiets the people who like to say that the Admirals play bad in front of big crowds.
– Styx is opening with Blue Collar Man.
– Was this as close as you’ve seen to the cliched “60 minute game”?
– This was the last audition for Henderson and Ryan before the clear day roster. Do you think either of them make it?
– Should we consider re-naming Johnson’s Office something like Teemu’s Tent? Or something along those lines? The amount of trips he’s taking lately, it may be time to pass the torch….
– Were the Admirals that good or were the Wolves that lackluster? Do you think that Climie played a lot better than the score suggested?
– Do you miss Dennis DeYoung?