The Admirals won 4-3 in overtime against the Adirondack Flames on the road Saturday night. The Flames overcame two two-goal deficits and forced overtime in the final minute. The overtime hero would be Viktor Arvidsson tonight who whirled in a spectacular backhander for his second goal on the night to give the Admirals a season high winning streak of seven games.
This game began with some solid puck possession for the Flames which was highlighted by them earning two power-plays in the first period. Against the run of play, Rich Clune had a shorthanded breakaway that he buried past goaltender Brad Thiessen’s glove to score his third goal of the season. It’s the first shorthanded goal scored in 2014-15 by the Admirals. The only two teams yet to record a shorthanded goal this season are the Oklahoma City Barons and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The Admirals extended their lead in the second period after a very fortunate bounce. The Flames were unable to clear their own zone when Mark Cundari’s banked clearing attempt off the glass went into the path of Miikka Salomaki who kicked the puck high up into the air. The bounce that the puck took off the ice skipped in on Thiessen in net who managed to kick the puck aside but right in line with Salomaki. The Finn retrieved the rebound and popped in a backhanded shot past the pads for his sixth goal of the season.
After Joe Piskula was caught playing too far forward in the offensive end of the ice the Flames were able to rush off on a two-on-one. Ben Hanowski and David Wolf executed the odd man break to perfection as they made two quick passes to get Jonathan Diaby to bite one way and had Magnus Hellberg scrambling in net before Wolf deposited the puck into a nearly wide open cage for his eighth goal of the season.
With the Admirals first power-play chance of the night came just another booming slap shot goal for Viktor Arvidsson. Brendan Leipsic passed up to the point for Taylor Aronson who teed up the one-timed shot for Arvidsson who bashed in his thirteenth goal of the season and sixth scored on the power-play.
The game would go back to a one-goal advantage only 1:17 of ice time later. The Flames were able to work a loose puck out in front of Hellberg and Wolf managed to find it before three Admirals out in front of the net could. It was a quick move to Wolf’s right before beating Hellberg to the glove side for his second goal of the night and ninth of the season.
Last night the Admirals were celebrating a last minute goal. Tonight they were on the receiving end of last minute theatrics. The Flames pulled Thiessen and burned their timeout with 1:33 remaining in regulation. With only fifty-one seconds remaining Michael Ferland’s fifth goal of the season sent the game to overtime. The Flames used their numbers around Hellberg in net and Wolf managed to pass off to Ferland on the back door for the tap in.
In the overtime period Arvidsson finished the game off with a dazzling individual effort. The Swede dangled in off the right wing before moving on to center and then whipped in a backhander that beat Thiessen high blocker side for his second tally of the game and fourteenth on the season. During this season long winning streak Arvidsson has scored nine points, five goals, and four assists in seven games.
Ramblings: Prior to the game the Nashville Predators recalled defenseman Anthony Bitetto. He made his NHL debut tonight playing on the road against the Detroit Red Wings. Tonight’s Admirals scratches were Joe Pendenza (healthy), Frederick Gaudreau (healthy), and Johan Alm (upper body). Taylor Aronson returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games of the road trip due to an undisclosed injury. Kevin Fiala has yet to join the team and is expected to arrive in Milwaukee on Monday.
Thoughts from tonight’s performance? Did the Admirals dodge a bullet tonight? How would you rate Viktor Arvidsson amongst the Admirals forwards right now?