Amtrak Rivalry Keeps Going The Way of the Wolves, Ads lose 4-1

This is Jake Allen. He’s pretty good. And tonight he picked up his league leading thirtieth win of the season. (Photo Credit: Ross Bonander)

The Admirals lost 4-1 against the Chicago Wolves Saturday night in Rosemont. This game was level after two periods of play – but the Wolves with a power-play goal and two empty netters finished off the Ads in the third period.

This was the first game in the Amtrak Rivalry this season that didn’t finish as a one goal game. It did however continue the Wolves run of not dropping a point against the Admirals. The Wolves are now 7-0-1-2 (17 points) this season against the Ads. The win also clinched a playoff spot for the Wolves.

The last time these two met a puck didn’t cross the goal line until the bottom of round one in the shootout. Tonight it took only 2:06 of ice time. Pat Cannone was stationed on the left wing faceoff circle and saw Jani Hakanpaa racing in from the point. He teed him up perfectly and Hakanpaa beat Scott Darling for his fourth goal of the season.

In the second period the Admirals were able to equalize thanks to the pace of Joonas Rask. The play all starts with e Scott Valentine clearance attempt from the Ads defensive zone. It chipped down the ice and towards Jake Allen. Rask hustled all the way through neutral ice, around Hakanpaa, and took the puck forehand to backhand past Allen for his fourth goal of the season.

Then a major missed opportunity. While throwing the puck out of the Ads zone, Scott Ford was leveled into the boards by Eric Selleck. Ford remained down after the hit and favored his right leg. Selleck was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

With a full five minutes worth of nonstop “score at will” power-play in the bank – the Admirals hardly sustained any pressure in attack. If anything, it was the Wolves penalty kill that forced Darling into making multiple saves from quality scoring chances. It was a power-play that looked as sloppy as sloppy gets without getting burned for poor passes. The Ads were fortunate to not concede a shorthanded goal – something they had done three times to the Wolves prior to this game.

After a too many men on the ice penalty from the Admirals – the Wolves scored their second power-play goal against the Ads from their forty-first chance this season. Derek Nesbitt’s slap shot from the right wing evaded a screen by Adam Cracknell and trickled through the legs of Darling and past the goal line. It was Nesbitt’s first goal as a member of the Wolves since joining from San Antonio Rampage – he has twelve goes overall this season.

Thoughts from tonight’s game? What was the issue tonight with the Admirals power-play? Was the lack of a power-play goal from the five minute major for boarding the difference maker tonight?

4 thoughts on “Amtrak Rivalry Keeps Going The Way of the Wolves, Ads lose 4-1”

  1. To be honest, I think I’d prefer the Ads stay in 6th and play the Marlies. I think they stand a much better chance against them than the Wolves. With their two best offensive threats still up in Nashville, I still think this team has played generally well without them, but it will be nice to get Sissons and Jarnkrok back!

  2. What was Evason thinking pulling Darling with 2 minutes left and only down by one goal? This should’ve only been another one goal game. Jake Allen is beyond NHL ready at this point.

  3. Totally agree with Mark. I’d be terrified if we had to face the Wolves the first round of the playoffs. Take a look at the season record against them again. Do you really want to go in playing against them?

    And adsfan88 is spot-on regarding Jake Allen. He’s really good. Just needs an NHL team that needs a goalie to give him a chance.

    I think Darling playing another good game. 2 GA is acceptable, just sucks when your offense can only muster 1. Glad Evanson went with him over Maz. I hope it stays that way except for one of the 3-in-3 games this coming weekend.

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