On my drive back home I had some serious reflecting in regards to the Admirals 5-4 (OT) loss to the Lake Erie Monsters and the post-game interviews that followed. There was optimism. Things felt very upbeat. It felt very much like the Admirals managed to win something tonight or, better yet, found their long lost identity as a team.
Without a doubt, the first period of the game was the kicker in this game. The Admirals came out flat, took poor penalties, gave up power-play goals, and dug themselves a big hole that they somehow managed to climb out of.
And that is just the thing. They did comeback. Twice. 3-0 deficit. 3-3 tie. 4-3 deficit with just over two minutes left in the game. Empty net. Extra attacker on. 4-4 tie to force overtime with forty-eight seconds remaining.
Yes. It is a results based business, and the win would go to the Monsters in overtime, but there was something gained out of this game that hasn’t been all that prevalent in the past month: a spark.
From the second period forward the Admirals looked and played as they did at the start of the season. They took only two penalties, killed them both off, earned four power-plays, outshot their opponent 21-15, and outscored the Monsters 4-2.
The first period was the backbreaker. The game-winning goal was wacky. The effort by the Admirals to fight back and earn anything from that game might just be the kick up the backside everyone needed heading to the 2015 side of the calendar.
Dean Evason talks through the game:
Evason on the game-winning goal and more:
Evason discusses sitting Åberg and his response:
Evason on the continued power-play struggles on home ice:
Evason discusses Viktor Stålberg‘s performance:
Evason on the ups and downs of the game and season to date:
Evason’s exchange with Mario Tirabassi:
Evason’s thoughts of the Monsters first period push:
Pontus Åberg on returning to the Ads lineup after being healthy scratched:
Åberg on what he was told prior to yesterday’s decision to scratch him:
Åberg talks about his game-tying goal to force overtime:
Åberg on the game being a positive result for the Ads:
Mark Van Guilder’s thoughts on the game:
Van Guilder seeing the performance as a step in the right direction:
Van Guilder on having games at hand still on divisional opponents:
Comments from the comments? What is your reaction to Dean Evason’s post-game interview? Do you feel the Admirals found themselves in this game?