The Admirals won 5-1 on the road against the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon.
“It’s amazing,” said assistant coach Stan Drulia of the Admirals rebound effort this afternoon. “To go from our effort and the way we played yesterday – to the way that we really competed. They played the game really, really hard. There wasn’t a weak link among us. Everybody did a really good job today.”
The Ads were able to flip the script in last night’s game by picking up two first period goals. They also jumped out in the second period with another two-goal period, taking a four goal lead, and finishing with that advantage.
The opening goal came from a power-play tally by Miikka Salomaki. Anthony Bitetto’s initial shot to the net spilled free and created a scramble in front of Marlies netminder Christopher Gibson. Salomaki was able to get the final decisive touch for his seventeenth goal of the season.
Taylor Beck was able to force an error out of T.J. Brennan that created a turnover and rush the Admirals way. Salomaki picked up the puck and then Austin Watson for the Admirals second goal in the first period. Watson now has a points streak of six games and the goal was his sixteenth of the season.
Last night the Admirals found an unlikely goal scorer in the form on Mike Liambas. Today they found another one, Scott Ford. An attack into the zone from the left wing by Joonas Rask led to a drop pass for the on-rushing Sheriff. His wrist shot beat traffic and the glove of Gibson – who was pulled following the goal in favor of Garret Sparks. The goal is Ford’s third of the season.
Sparks introduction to the game was met with some chaos on his part. First, he played the puck outside of the trapezoid. Then he misplayed a puck behind his net and it allowed Filip Forsberg to score one of the easiest goals he’ll score this season. Mark Van Guilder and Patrick Cehlin were there to set it up for him following Sparks mistake – but Forsberg had an open net to shoot on for his tenth goal with the Admirals this season.
Scott Darling’s shutout bid ended just eleven seconds into the third period. Korbinian Holzer was able to dink the puck behind the Admirals defense and Trevor Smith was off on a breakaway. He lifted a backhander past Darling to make it a 4-1 game on his seventh goal of the season.
For those who missed Aaron Sims discussion on Mark Van Guilder during the game – he made mention that Van Guilder was on crutches last night and when he entered the team bus for their trip to Toronto. He was injured following a blocked shot in Hamilton but played despite that today. Hockey players right?
Van Guilder’s response was to play through the pain and he was rewarded with his thirteenth goal of the season. His wingers, Forsberg and Patrick Cehlin, were buzzing around the cage and teed him up for the shot in front of the net. The Admirals lead extended back to a four-goal cushion, 5-1.
The game ended with a bout between Mathieu Tousignant and T.J. Brennan. Tousignant landed an uppercut but was polished off by Brennan. He never seems to do well in any fight he ever takes part in – but Tousignant tries.
Darling, playing in his twentieth game of the season, earned his tenth win of the season. He made thirty saves and the only goal he allowed came from the Smith breakaway eleven seconds into the third period.
Ramblings: Michael Young made his AHL and Milwaukee Admirals debut today. Zach Budish was listed as a healthy scratch in Young’s place – meaning the Admirals dressed seven defensemen for today’s game. The Admirals improved to 15-4-1-2 all-time against the Marlies this afternoon – including a 7-3-0-1 record in Toronto. ICEHOGS NEWS, Bobby Shea has been suspended eight games and Jared Nightingale six games for their involvement in one hilariously stupid display of Rockford logic.
Thoughts from the Admirals performance today? What changed yesterday to today?