The Admirals won 4-0 on the road against the Lake Erie Monsters Tuesday night. Marek Mazanec stopped all twenty-nine shots on goal and Brendan Leipsic tagged the Monsters twice to end the Admirals seven game losing streak with an exclamation point.
In the first period the Admirals power-play struggles from the recent homestand continued. They earned two in the opening frame and failed to convert. Fortunately for the Admirals Viktor Arvidsson would get them on the board at even strength with three minutes remaining in the opening period. The Swede made a hard play from the left wing pocket, fending off Cody Corbett, swooping in across Roman Will in net on the backhand, and depositing his seventh goal of the season with a forehanded shot. It was Arvidsson’s first goal in eleven games.
Brendan Leipsic scored his second goal of the season in the second period to give the Admirals a 2-0 lead. He was breaking in off the left wing, eyed up Will in net, and absolutely hammered a slap shot top shelf. Who was the man that fed the puck to Leipsic on the goal? None other than Colton Sissons to record his first assist of the season.
The Admirals finally managed to break their power-play drought in the third period. It was a well sustained attack that finally saw Taylor Aronson pass off from the point to Leipsic on the right wing. The rookie forward faked Karl Stollery almost out of his skates before snapping off a wrister to the stick side of Will for his second goal of the game and third of the season. The power-play goal for the Admirals was their first in twenty-five previous chances.
Trailing 3-0 and looking to claw back – the Monsters emptied their net with under three minutes in regulation. Austin Watson was able to skate up through neutral ice and pop in the empty net tally to record his ninth goal of the season.
Then what better way to set up the rematch tilt between these two side on Thursday than with a bout? Rich Clune and Duncan Siemens locked horns after jawing with each other earlier in the third period. Both had a strong fight. Give the edge in your fight cards to Clune for drawing blood, though. They had to do a quick scrape job of the ice after this tilt.
Marek Mazanec was as calm and confident in net as I’ve personally ever seen. He capped off the Admirals bounce back performance tonight with a twenty-nine save shutout. It is his second shutout of the season. And, everyone exhale, the Admirals seven game losing streak is no more.
Ramblings: Tonight’s scratches for the Admirals included Joe Pendenza (healthy) and Johan Alm (upper-body). This game marked the return of Mike Liambas to the Admirals lineup after he missed four-games due to a shoulder injury. This was the first time since 10/29/14 vs. Iowa and 11/1/14 @ Chicago that Marek Mazanec made consecutive starts for the Admirals. With the win over the Monsters the Admirals leap back to third place in the Midwest Division.
Thoughts on tonight’s game? What changed in tonight’s efforts over the previous run of games? Has Marek Mazanec played his way into a third successive start come Thursday night?