After spotting the Wolves a 2-0 lead, the Admirals battled back to send their home-opener to overtime. But Mark Mancari scored his second of the game on a two-on-one rush, giving the Wolves the 3-2 victory Saturday night in Milwaukee.
Coach Evason says that despite the loss, the team can still take some positives out of this game.
Mancari opened the scoring 6:38 into the game, with a laser slapshot from the far dot that beat Hellberg. Corey Locke was being tied up in the corner, but was able to feed a wide-open Mancari, while defenseman Bryan Rodney was without a stick.
Tyler Shattock made it a 2-0 lead, finishing off a 2-on-2 rush with Sebastian Wannstrom. Wannstrom led the rush along the right wing, and Simon Moser got caught in no-man’s land, leaving Shattock wide open for the chance. Moser didn’t play the shot or the pass, and didn’t tie up his man.
After getting stopped earlier in the game on breakaway chance, Mathieu Tousignant scored a shorty for the Admirals after a soft pass by goaltender Jake Allen and a lack of awareness by Taylor Chorney. Tousignant swooped in to receive that soft pass at the near faceoff dot, and after cruising to the crease, he delayed, and lifted a forehand shot top shelf.
Moser atoned by scoring his first North American goal — a power play tip-in of a Miikka Salomaki pass. Moser drove to the net, and was in perfect position for the re-direction, but Salomaki deserves a ton of credit too for the strong play on the rush.
On the game winning goal in overtime, Rodney was able to keep the puck in at the offensive blue line, but turned it over right away to Locke, who started the 2-on-1 rush the other way. Bitetto slid to try and block the pass, but the pass was able to get through to a wide open Mancari, who went up high on Hellberg.
Coach Evason gives credit where credit is due regarding that game winner.
The lines started…
Valentine – Van Guilder – Budish
Moser – Sissons – Beck
Salomaki – Watson – Shalla
Liambas – Tousignant – Rask
They didn’t last very long, as after Shalla’s first shift, he was excused for the rest of the game. The coaches forgot to include him on their lineup card, and the Wolves called them out on it. No penalty was assessed for the illegal player, but that ended his night.
Coach says….well….the only thing that he can say in this situation.
Up until his goal, I was ready to pan Moser’s game tonight. This was the first time I had seen him play, and he looked…average at best. He took a stupid slashing penalty as the Wolves were breaking out of their defensive zone. He missed his assignment on the 2nd goal against. He did make some things happen in a positive way in the third period, in addition to his goal. So I can see why everyone was so excited about him. He just needs to play that way the whole game, and avoid those lazy stick infractions.
Tousignant can stay. He had a breakaway chance, and then scored that shorthanded goal, and was very effective all game. He talks us through his shot selection process.
The Ads killed off all six Chicago power plays, and one could argue they had more chances on those six than the Wolves did. Coach Evason gives high marks for the PP and the PK.
Jake Allen played very well. I don’t want that to get lost in the shuffle. There were a few saves he made that really should have been goals. And there were some times when the Admirals just made one pass too many. Although, the Wolves hit metal (at least) four times tonight. So it could have been a VERY different game had one or two of those gone in.
Nevertheless, the Admirals begin the season with points in their first four games — six of a possible eight points.
Jarvinen, Henderson, and Cehlin all missed the game due to injuries. Coach says Jarvinen is “a ways away”, but the other two are shorter term injuries.
So Roundtable…. Thoughts on the home opener? Did you like the Seven Nation Army intro-to-the-intro? Early impressions of new guys like Tousignant, Sissons, Salomaki, and Moser? Did you like the way they battled back after trailing 2-0? How about Liambas and Bitetto’s fights? How much did you miss seeing John Anderson on the bench over the last few years?