0 for 10.
That’s really the only stat you need to know about this game.
The Admirals went 0-10 with the man-advantage, had a four minute power play and a two-man advantage for a whole two minutes late in the third period, but couldn’t get anything past Barons’ goaltender Yann Danis. Danis led OKC between the pipes to a 3-2 victory over the Ads stopping 36 of the 38 shots he faced.
It’s easy for an opposing coach to heap praise on the bad guy’s goalie after a loss, as coach Herbers gave Danis a lot of credit.
The shots wide of the net, the whiffs and mishandled pucks and the ringing of the goal posts throughout the night were all a little harder to explain.
Oklahoma city struck first when Anton Lander centered to Antti Tyrvainen who beat Smith top right shelf 13:46 into the first period.
Tanner House extended the Barons’ lead with 8:02 into the second, collecting a near Lander turnover and snapping it past Smitty.
The Ads showed some signs of life 23 seconds into the third period, with a Kevin Henderson goal that cut the deficit to one goal. Van Guilder started a 2 on 1 rush and fed Kevin who put it right over Danis’ left shoulder.
The Barons sucked the energy out of the Bradley Center less than a minute later when Mark Arcobello slipped the puck right through the defense to Tyler Pitlick. The puck was in the back of the net before Smith could even turn his head.
Ryan Flynn made it a one-goal game again at 12:29, tapping home a Henderson assist shortly after an Alex Plante penalty expired.
Plante then went back to the box for a four minute high sticking penalty, and Hunter Tremblay followed up with a hooking penalty to give the Admirals a golden opportunity to get the equalizer. But Danis and the OKC PK stood tall, while the Ads flailed and nearly missed any shot they had.
– Kyle Wilson was scratched, and boy, could we have used him on the power play. Sloan left the game with an injury and Kevin Henderson left the game after being the four-minute high-stickee.
-Coach Herbers didn’t give us many specifics on any of the injuries, but noted that Sloan and Wilson were day-to-day.
-The Western Conference-leading Barons finished the season series with the Ads in a 2-2 tie after dropping their first two matchups against Milwaukee.
Do you still have hair on your head after the Ads’ imperfect 0-10 power play effort?
With Wilson day-to-day, do you think the team has enough firepower minus his recent scoring boost?
Do you think the Baron’s PK was just that good, or were the Ads just that unlucky and disorganized?
With the loss, how big in your eyes is a win in Sunday’s matchup with Rockford, before the Ads play 7 of their last 8 on the road?