The Admirals lost 2-1 against the Oklahoma City Barons Saturday night. In his return to the Ads, Marek Mazanec lost his first AHL game in six starts by conceding two first period goals. It was his counterpart in the Barons net, Richard Bachman, who really stole the show tonight: stopping 32/33 Admirals shots. The lone goal for the Ads was scored by Mike Liambas late in the second period.
Not much was doing in the opening period until the final four minutes. Will Acton was able to beat the glove of Mazanec on the shortside to score the opener at 16:26 of the period. It was Acton’s fifth goal of the season.
After a Mike Liambas call for goaltender interference the Barons scored on the power-play. Brad Hunt banged home a slap shot from the point to make it 2-0 Barons. The two goals were scored a mere thirty-one seconds apart.
In the second period we had the game’s first fight. It was Mathieu Tousignant against Kale Kessy. Both fights tonight didn’t last very long. This one actually sounded like Kessy nearly knocked himself out. After swinging wildly he lost his balance and Tousignant landed on top of him. I’m not sure if a single punch was even landed.
With the clock ticking down on the second period Mike Liambas deflected home his second goal of the season. Colton Sissons shot to the net pinged off of net front traffic with a final touch from Liambas to make it a one-goal game.
The third period saw the last fight of the night. After a big hit by Scott Valentine on Travis Ewanyk – the two grappled. It was another scenario where the Ads this season delivered a clean hit and were forced into a fight with no instigator penalty assessed on the play. Valentine, similar to Kessy in the first fight, lost an edge and possibly never even landed a single punch.
The Ads finished the game on a power-play with Mazanec to the bench for an extra attacker. The Barons missed an empty net chance. The Ads burned their timeout with 33.8 remaining. Nothing came of it. And the Barons held off the late great chance for the Ads to push the game into overtime.
Hats off to Barons goaltender Richard Bachman in this game. The Ads produced the shots tonight: First Period, 13. Second Period, 11. Third Period, 9. Outshooting the Barons 33-25 in the game. It took twenty-one shots before a Liambas deflection goal fooled Bachman. He was sharp from start to finish.
As far as Mazanec in the AHL goes: this was his first loss and the fourth time this season that he allowed two first period goals. He did so against the Griffins on the road on 10/18/13. He also did it twice against the Texas Stars at home on 10/26/13 and 10/30/13. He won all of those contests but lacked the offense to bail him out against the Barons tonight. In every start this season he has allowed two goals. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Tonight Charles-Olivier Roussel suited up for his fiftieth career AHL game – all played with the Milwaukee Admirals. Bryan Rodney was scratched for his third-consecutive game since allowing two turnovers that turned into two goals for the Wolves on 1/11/14.