The Admirals lost 4-2 against the Lake Erie Monsters Friday night. The Monsters tallied for two goals on the opening four shots of this one. Despite goals from Joonas Jarvinen and Mike Liambas, the Ads were never really able to level the game for as much as they clawed back. Credit where credit is due: the Monsters outworked the Ads tonight and limited Milwaukee to a season low fourteen shots in this game.
(Courtesy of the Lake Erie Monsters YouTube channel)
The Monsters scored from the game’s first shot after some quality passes from the point set Andrew Agozzino loose on the left wing for a goal. The goal was created when J.T. Wyman dropped the puck back to Markus Lauridsen who then faked a slap shot and delivered a great pass that was one-timed in by Agozzino for his eighth goal of the season.
On only their fourth shot of the game the Monsters stepped out to a 2-0 lead 7:21 into the first period. Matt Hunwick zipped around Scott Darling’s cage and tossed the puck from behind the net where both teammate Joey Hishon and Ads rookie Miikka Salomaki were crashing. The puck deflected in off of Salomaki’s skate and in for Hunwick’s sixth goal of the season.
Energy lacking, the bell rang for Mike Liambas and Daniel Maggio. It sounded like a fantastic bout for Liambas.
Hopefully YouTube cooks us up the footage!
(Cheers to Adam in the comments for the find!)
The Ads responded towards the end of the period after a rocket by Joonas Jarvinen. There was a fair bit of net front traffic in front of Monsters goaltender Calvin Pickard – including Mark Van Guilder (directly in front) and Bryan Rodney (crashing in from the right wing). After some scoring changes on this one – the goal was finally awarded to Jarvinen and his booming shot from the blue line for his second goal of the campaign.
After a hooking call against Mathieu Tousignant in the second period the Monsters re-established their two goal lead by snapping the Ads run of twenty-two consecutive penalty kills without a goal conceded. There were only two seconds left in the hooking penalty when Mark Olver scored his eighth goal of the season and fourth from the power-play.
Having already put his hands to good use, Liambas decided to put them to even more lethal use by scoring his first goal of the season to make it 3-2. Zach Budish pushed the puck behind the net to Tousignant who teed up Liambas on the opposite post for his second career goal as an Admiral: last scored 2/17/13 vs. Abbotsford. Awesome News Dept: Liambas’ mom, dad, and older brother made a near five-hour drive out to Cleveland to see these games between the Ads and Monsters. They were able to see him score a goal and win a fight.
That just about did it for the game from the Admirals perspective. The Ads recorded a season low fourteen shots in this game. With 1:16 remaining, they pulled Darling to get the extra attacker on only to concede a long range empty netter from veteran Brett Clark with thirty-two seconds left in the game.
The two play again tomorrow night. It should be a very quick turnaround for the Ads who, based on tonight, will need to come out guns blazing. Not enough done offensively to keep up with the Monsters – who the Ads have not beaten in two years.
Some game notes from this one: Mark Van Guilder left the game halfway through the second period after sustaining a big hit from Mark Olver. Van Guilder needed help off the ice and wasn’t putting much weight down on his right leg. He did not return to the game after that check from Olver. After the game on Sports Radio 1250 WSSP, assistant coach Stan Drulia said that Van Guilder was “banged up” and it isn’t a serious injury – but will be a game time decision for tomorrow. If a replacement is needed – he might have joined them on the trip. Scott Valentine traveled with the team after being sidelined since 12/21 @ Rockford with a left leg injury. He might not be a center like Van Guilder, but he’s always capable of playing forward – should he be healthy enough to make a return tomorrow night.