The Admirals fell 5-3 to the Oklahoma City Barons last night. Both teams are trending in different directions. Admirals, a season long four-game losing streak. Barons, a season best eight-game winning streak. It by no means wasn’t the greatest effort from the Admirals this season but was a boost out of their worst performance of the season on Thursday night when they were shutout 4-0 at home by the Rockford IceHogs.
I felt as if the Admirals had spurts of exactly who they are in last night’s game. Their opening five minutes to the game was a typical Admiral start with speed, tape to tape passing, sticks on the ice, and turning defense to offense quickly. After the goaltending change that saw Marek Mazanec get pulled for Magnus Hellberg – the team responded with hard-nosed plays to the net and getting the rewards for it with two-goals that put them back in the game before allowing the empty net goal late.
It’s a results based business, sure. This losing streak is something that is getting frustrating for the players. But, the talent is there and the ability to crash, burn, and learn is what came make a strong team even stronger in the long run. I doubt this will be the first losing skid of this season. It’s just a matter of making sure these runs are minimized and, most importantly, learned from by the team and its players so that mistakes are getting less and less common.
After the game I spoke with Dean Evason, Colton Sissons, and Frédérick Gaudreau. Here is what they had to say following the defeat to the Barons on Saturday night.
Dean Evason’s decision to change goalies in the third period:
Evason’s thoughts on special teams factoring into the game:
Evason on the Barons power-play:
Evason talks about Mazanec’s night in net:
Evason on rebounding against Grand Rapids:
Evason talks about putting together a complete game:
Colton Sissons on the Admirals four-game losing streak:
Sissons describes the “Teddy Bear Toss” goal:
Sissons looks to bounce back against Grand Rapids:
Sissons on the goaltending change made in the third period:
Sissons talks about being aggressive on offense:
Frédérick Gaudreau on his two-goals:
Gaudreau’s outlook after pulling back the game to a one-goal deficit:
Gaudreau hoping that his performance can help his case for playing time:
Comments from the comments? Can this team wipe the slate clean and come out firing tomorrow afternoon against the Grand Rapids Griffins? Did Marek Mazanec play himself out of today’s game or should the team in front of him be held as responsible for the loss to Oklahoma City?
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