I don’t know about you guys, but last night’s 3-2 shootout loss for the Admirals was a really messy game to watch from start to finish. There’s been a few clunkers this season here and there but there was something really odd about watching them score twice in a period they were being outplayed in and then come out flat in the third period.
The start to the game was really good. Despite the first period ending scoreless I feel the Admirals did what they’ve been doing for the last month. They were tight and well structured defensively and allowed their defense to translate to offensive chances the other way. The result may not have impacted the scoreboard but they outshot the Lake Erie Monsters 13-10 and definitely outchanced them on high quality looks.
Where the game goes wrong is really from the second period to the conclusion. Sure, they scored twice in the second period but before they earned that first power-play they were lifeless and being outshot 8-1 in the period. You would think that generating those goals against the run of play would power through to the next period as far as momentum is concerned but the Monsters instantly snapped that by scoring a shorthanded goal – the second allowed by the Admirals all season. Then came a power-play tally to tie things up. And overtime ended with a penalty kill before a shootout decided things.
Not one of the best all around efforts of the season for the Admirals. Truth be told, I think it is actually a really good thing for the team. They still earned a point from a game and had enough positives to remain upbeat. There were negatives that need to be corrected and that will become a point of emphasis heading into the weekend three-in-three that starts with two blockbusters against the Midwest Division leading Rockford IceHogs. Motivation should be high. Kinks will be fixed. And the focus should be sharp for Friday night.
As for that “no goal” call that was made in overtime. I was able to sneak peek into the penalty box from my vantage point on press row to see what the referees were looking at. They were only focusing in on the over the top bird’s eye view camera. I saw finger pointing and some rewinds. From that look I don’t think you could even see the puck – which is black – as is our team’s shorts and partially our socks. In other words it was obscured from sight and I feel as if the no goal call was made because they had no legitimate sight of it. That is, unless they watched the replay shown on the jumbotron moments after the no goal call was made on the ice. That puck was so far across the goal line you could fit three of Rob Madore‘s rubber duckies between it and that goal line. Slight justice in the end then for the Monsters taking the shootout. As for them having that power-play late in overtime in the first place – that’s a whole different story that I’ll let our head coach talk about.
Dean Evason’s thoughts on the game and overall performance:
Evason on the shorthanded goal allowed by the Admirals:
Evason discusses the “no goal” call and another questionable refereeing decision:
Evason on the Admirals all-around effort:
Evason sees the game as a positive for the Admirals:
Evason’s thoughts on Hellberg’s performance:
Evason provides an injury update:
Magnus Hellberg breaks down the late OT scramble:
Hellberg on the shootout game-winning goal and more:
Triston Grant’s thoughts on the loss:
Grant looking ahead for the weekend:
Viktor Arvidsson on the Admirals performance:
Arvidsson prepared for Rockford:
Arvidsson on winning the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month:
Arvidsson speaks about his transition to North America:
Arvidsson on Brendan Leipsic and himself leading the Ads in scoring as rookies:
Comments from the comments? Do you feel like last night’s game could benefit the Admirals heading into the weekend three-in-three?