The Admirals won 3-2 in overtime on the road against the Toronto Marlies Sunday afternoon. Taylor Aronson was the overtime hero today as his third goal of the season gave the Admirals their third win in four games. Not a bad road trip if I do say so myself.
It wasn’t a pretty start for the Admirals. After Viktor Arvidsson was called for holding Mike Liambas nearly was sent to the showers two-minutes into the game after a nasty boarding incident that put Stuart Percy down and out. The Marlies defenseman would not return to the game following the hit into the boards.
The two early penalties resulted in a lengthy 1:39 of five-on-three power-play for the Marlies and they were unable to cash in from it. However, they had a head of steam off of it and scored after a scramble in front of Magnus Hellberg. The initial shot by Carter Ashton was pushed aside but the puck spilled out and wasn’t found until Brandon Kozun cradled and fired into a near empty net for his second goal of the season.
The Admirals answered right back in the first period. Similar to the Marlies they were able to score after a rather lifeless power-play. Arvidsson was flattened by Matt Frattin to as the Swede got the puck out to Mark Van Guilder. It looked as if many were focused on the hit behind the play but, before the Marlies could react, Van Guilder passed over to Austin Watson on the opposite wing to score his twelfth goal of the season. Watson has scored a goal in four straight games for the Admirals.
In the second period the Admirals were able to take a 2-1 lead through Felix Girard’s third goal of the season. It was an innocent looking rush down the left wing by Girard who then decided to hit the brakes and fire on Antoine Bibeau in net. The shot was wired right into the roof.
Toronto’s twenty-seventh ranked power-play in the league then tied this game up at 2-2. Sam Carrick’s shot from the left point found the stick blade of Ryan Rupert en route to goal. The deflection beat Hellberg and Rupert scored his third goal of the season.
After a tennis match of a third period the game pushed on into overtime. The Marlies had the better of the chances made during the four-on-four portion of overtime but things were finished off in the three-on-three with just thirty seconds remaining in OT.
Colton Sissons faceoff win put himself in on goal. Bibeau disrupted Sissons bid but the puck fell back to Taylor Aronson at the top of the faceoff circles and his wrist shot flew in for his third goal of the season to cap off the Admirals four game road trip in style.
Hellberg’s start in net was his first taste of game action in eleven days. The rust didn’t show one bit. He made thirty-one saves against the Marlies and now has seven wins on the campaign with a stellar 1.50 goals against average and a 0.942 save percentage.
After losing seven straight games, dropping all five of a five game homestand, the Admirals went on a four game road trip and are coming home for Boxing Day with three wins. It would seem the ball is rolling the right way again.
Ramblings: Today’s scratches for the Admirals were exactly the same as last night against the Rochester Americans: Miikka Salomaki (illness), Garrett Noonan (healthy), and Johan Alm (upper body). Triston Grant played in his 600th game as a professional hockey player today. Marek Mazanec’s run of four consecutive starts in net finally came to an end today with Magnus Hellberg getting the back half of the two-in-two. Per Aaron Sims on Twitter: the Milwaukee Admirals players scheduled to get mumps booster shots today in Toronto.
Thoughts on today’s game? How were the Admirals able to bounce back with this four game road trip? What performances have been standing out from these road games and can the Admirals maintain this current momentum?