Eh! Offense! Admirals win 5-1 in Toronto

The Marlies haven’t uploaded their photos yet. So let’s admire this iPhone screen-cap off my iPhone of today’s Scott Ford love fest following his third goal of the season.

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? 

11 thoughts on “Eh! Offense! Admirals win 5-1 in Toronto”

  1. nice win hopefully the teams below the admirals will lose again, darling should be playing more and hopefully mark doesn’t miss games with calle and colton called up

  2. With back-to-back afternoon games it would be weird seeing Darling get the call twice like that, but I would be all for it – he’s been sharp when given the opportunity.

    Video Highlights are up as a link (for now). I’d love to see their YouTube channel get them up instead of the NHL website (whose video HTML conflicts with WordPress). That outta doozer for tonight, though.

  3. What are they putting in the water in Rockford? I grew up with semi-pro hockey, followed the Admirals through the USHL, IHL and now the AHL so I’ve seen almost every conceivable brand of goon hockey. I will admit to the Hawks being my second favorite team to the Predators, so I’ve lived thru the Al Secord/Bob Probert days, but even the Hawks rarely goon it up anymore so what gives with their farm team? I was almost going to give Shea a pass for the shot he gave Cehlin, chalking it off to a bad decision in the heat of the moment, but this bit of stupidity shows me I was wrong in my initial assessment. He is an IDIOT!! Same game situation same chickenbleep move on their leading scorer no less, Dent doesn’t seem to be some kind of maniac but he must be with all the brawls that have involved his team in the last couple of years. This team would do well to audition for Slapshot2. I can live with a team that isn’t afraid to drop the gloves but this group seems to want to injure more than they want to win.

  4. I agree with Glenn. If Dent doesn’t say to stop or not to goon it up, then he is guilty of encouraging the unbelievably stupid conduct by his players going back for 2 years or more! Rockford was involved in 2 other brawls before the April 1 game against the Admirals. It is past time for theAHL to discipline Rockford and Dent. Maybe a $10 or 20K fine will get their attention.

  5. I am glad that Shea got the major for the elbow and the suspension. Yes, as I have said before, I am biased, but there was no way the elbow against Cehlin was accidental. This goon job that wouldn’t have been welcome in the Broad Street days just proves it. If he isn’t reined in seriously, someday he will get pouty over something and take out some teams hot prospect, then heads will roll. I am all for fighting in hockey, but things like this are what gives hockey a bad name. The home and home the Hogs and Wolves have right after the suspension ends will be….interesting to see.

  6. In the video highlights…..I was trying to figure out who Saponaki was…..I thought it was the lovechild of Miika Salomaki and Vinny Saponari….apparently it’s just Vinny.

  7. Proud of the guys. Nice bounce back win and big two points.

    MVG – is so valuable to the Admiral’s. Such a smart player on the ice, wins face-offs , kills penalties, blocks shots, goes to the net to score his goals , get’s back on defense consistently, plays hurt , reads books to kids in just about every grade school in the Milwaukee area. Provides leadership for his younger teammates.

    What more do you want from this guy ???

    NHL Nashville should reward him with a few NHL games before the end of the season.

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