The Admirals four-game point streak was snapped with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the division leading Grand Rapids Griffins last night. It really wasn’t until the third period until the Ads seemed to find some congruity and play on or above the Griffins level. Sadly, with the game level at 1-1, the Griffins found a late goal that put a dent in the Ads hope to gain a point out of the meeting.
You could considering the result frustrating. You could consider the four-game losing streak against Grand Rapids a red flag. But, I caution you to consider the following. The Griffins were in pretty much in full force last night. The Admirals were running a full line shy of their maximum capacity. No Mark Van Guilder. No Calle Jarnkrok. No Colton Sissons. They were all in Nashville last night. Simon Moser and Joonas Jarvinen are also on the comeback trail from injuries. And the Admirals still battled down to the wire with the Western Conference’s second best team.
It might be a bummer to fall three-minutes short last night. But I still see lots and lots of promise – even in a losing effort such as the one against the Griffins. The strength of the team, putting themselves in a chance to earn a point or more, is the difference a season makes. Earlier in the season, they could have fallen to Grand Rapids to the toll of 5-0 (11/20/13) or, again, 5-0 (12/14/13). They were in that exact same mode through two periods last night – but were only down a goal – and then found an equalizer in the third period.
Heads up, Roundtable. It’s that sort of character and new found confidence that should see the month of April get good. There are four games against a hot Chicago Wolves team, two against the evil Rockford IceHogs, two against the Iowa Wild, and one against a playoff push opponent – the Charlotte Checkers (current eighth seed).
It’s time to get watertight for the Admirals. I think they are getting right there with the best of them. When the reinforcements arrive from Nashville – it will only make them that much better. Nine. That’s how many games remain in the season. Then playoff season begins.
Dean Evason discusses the “no goal” call from the officials in the first period:
Evason’s thoughts on the Griffins:
Evason talks about Mark Van Guilder:
Evason describes how they broke the news to Van Guilder:
Evason on Braden Pimm’s professional debut:
Evason’s thoughts of how close the Admirals are to the Griffins:
Evason speaks about Petr Mrazek and the Admirals’ offense:
Filip Forsberg’s thoughts on the game:
Forsberg discusses Mrazek’s performance:
Forsberg on facing the Griffins – who were on the last of a three-in-three:
Forsberg’s thoughts about the “no goal” call in the first period:
Braden Pimm talks about his first game as a professional hockey player:
Pimm on what he brings to the table as a player:
Pimm and I talk about his connections with current Admirals:
Pimm on where he sees his time as an Admiral going this season:
I also would like to mention that Pimm’s handshake strength level is somewhere below Lane Lambert and above Francis Wathier. When I shook Lane’s hand – I’m certain I heard a knuckle pop. Just a little FYI bonus.
Comments from the comments? Reactions from last night’s performance?