In the grand scheme of things, the news is the Admirals lost in a shootout to the Rockford IceHogs for the second straight Sunday. The Admirals got a point in the standings, which is certainly better than none…but certainly is stunting their playoff run.
What the 5,838 in attendance today will all remember will be what happened at 10:08 of the 2nd period.
|2 – RFD Served By , 10:08 – Game misconduct – Coach, (75.5(iii)) 10 min|
|2 – RFD Flick, 10:08 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min (PP)|
|2 – RFD Flick, 10:08 – Fighting, 5 min|
|2 – RFD Flick, 10:08 – Game misconduct, 10 min|
|2 – RFD Hutton, 10:08 – Fighting, 5 min|
|2 – RFD Hutton, 10:08 – Game misconduct, 10 min|
|2 – RFD Lalonde, 10:08 – Fighting, 5 min|
|2 – RFD Lalonde, 10:08 – Game misconduct – Leaving penalty bench, (70.4) 10 min|
|2 – RFD Stanton, 10:08 – Fighting, 5 min|
|2 – RFD Stanton, 10:08 – Game misconduct, 10 min|
|2 – MIL Served By , 10:08 – Game misconduct – Coach, (75.5(iii)) 10 min|
|2 – MIL Foss, 10:08 – Fighting, 5 min|
|2 – MIL Foss, 10:08 – Game misconduct, 10 min|
|2 – MIL Latta, 10:08 – Fighting, 5 min|
|2 – MIL Latta, 10:08 – Game misconduct – Leaving penalty bench, (70.4) 10 min|
|2 – MIL Smith, 10:08 – Fighting, 5 min|
|2 – MIL Smith, 10:08 – Game misconduct, 10 min|
|2 – MIL Stortini, 10:08 – Fighting, 5 min|
|2 – MIL Stortini, 10:08 – Game misconduct, 10 min|
(Video courtesy of Ted Gruber. Many thanks to you, sir!)
Maybe everyone had been watching the Pens/Flyers game earlier?
Michael Latta and Shawn Lalonde had a bout and went to the box. Then there was a TV timeout (where it was Mark Van Guilder who was at Toner Sales and Service with Roscoe), and the faceoff was going to be at the Rockford blue line. And all four officials somehow didn’t notice that Rob Flick was skating towards the Admiral goaltender.
What was Rob Flick doing there? Great question.
But Flick engaged Smitty and then the benches cleared. Even Latta and Lalonde left the penalty boxes to join the fray.
Here’s Coach Herbers on the incident. We’ll string a few of his quotes together here…
The coaches even yelled at each other from the edge of their benches. Rockford Coach Ted Dent may talk a tough game, but I’m pretty sure he’d regret it if he actually confronted Herbie face to face. 5’11 Dent vs 6’4 Herbers. That might not end well for him….
So the officials elected to send everyone off to their locker rooms to cool their heads, and so they could decide what on earth they were going to do. Players joining altercations from all different directions…from the bench, from the crease, from the penalty box…
So after our mid-period break, the teams returned to hear what the penalties were going to be. The net effect was that the Admirals got a two minute power play, as the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Flick was the only thing that wasn’t evened up on both sides.
Teams played nice….and tired the rest of the way. The IceHogs were playing their third game in three days, and in the third period, it started to show. After some sustained offensive pressure, Mark Van Guilder got the home team on the board with a nice shot after a nice pass from Ryan Flynn. We’ve seen this goal a couple of times before, with Flynn passing the puck from behind the goal-line to Van Guilder in the slot for the bang-bang goal.
The one the Smith did allow earlier in the game before doing his best (insert your favorite Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out character here) impression seemed like a harmless shot from near the right wing boards by Kyle Beach. That’s a save that Smitty needs to make.
Smith did speak with reporters after the game. Truth be told, I’m a big Smitty fan. He usually gives honest, thoughtful, and candid answers when he talks to the media. But I kind of get the feeling he may have been ‘prepped’ a bit before this one. Listen for yourself.
Suspensions? I think Latta may get one for leaving the penalty box to join the fray. Smith? Tough to say. Depends on how badly the league wants to make an example out of the incident. From a roster management standpoint, suspensions would kind of be a big deal. If Kyle Wilson is not ready to go, they may have to sign someone to a PTO….or maybe the Preds can loan us Bourque for a game or two.
But it’s road trip time now. Two huge games in Charlotte during the week. Would be great to sweep them both. Here’s the coach once more.