The Admirals lost 3-2 in overtime against the Chicago Wolves on the road Wednesday night. It’s the third time this season that was the final scoreline in the Amtrak Rivalry but the first that saw the Wolves have the winning edge.
Jaynen Rissling’s first contribution to the AHL may not be something he’ll be too fond of. He was called for interference and the Wolves capitalized off of it to score the game’s opening goal. Petteri Lindbohm passed over to Magnus Paajarvi on the right wing for a shot pass in front of Marek Mazanec to Terry Broadhurst. The redirection went up and over Mazanec for Broadhurst’s sixth goal of the season.
It didn’t take too long for the Admirals to respond. Less than two minutes after the power-play goal allowed the Ads had a deflection goal of their own. Ian White’s shot from the right point was stabbed on the way to the net by Triston Grant. The redirect put the puck low and out of the reach of Jordan Binnington for Grant’s eighth goal of the season.
The Wolves were not too happy about the Admirals second goal scored in the first period. Colton Sissons had slight contact at the net with Binnington and then the netminder was completely screened by Rich Clune. White had a shot that kicked out perfectly for Sissons to tap it in for his sixteenth goal of the season. There was no call or review on the play despite Binnington instantly getting snippy with the officials.
In the second period the Admirals generated plenty of power-play chances. They had two five-on-three opportunities but didn’t generate goals from them. With the period coming to a close the Wolves scored shorthanded. Brent Regner sent Rob Bordson up ice with Jeremy Welsh on a break. The Ads had the numbers back but Kevin Fiala didn’t backcheck Welsh and it allowed Bordson’s feed to hit him in stride to the net for his twelfth goal of the season and fifth scored against the Admirals this season.
The game would roll through the third period and into three-on-three overtime. Pat Cannone was able to dodge a stick check of Austin Watson and break in on goal from the left faceoff circle to square up Mazanec and beat him top shelf over the glove for his eleventh goal of the season.
The loss tonight for the Admirals ends a franchise record six-game road winning streak. The point gained by making it into overtime does allow the Admirals to earn sole possession of second place in the Western Conference.
Ramblings: Tonight’s scratches included Miikka Salomaki (cleared for game action today, healthy scratch), Joe Piskula (lower body), Jimmy Oligny (right knee), and Johan Alm (left wrist). With the team captain out tonight the extra “A” went to Triston Grant.
Thoughts on tonight’s game? With all the banged up bodies was taking a point on the road still a positive result? Who is most to blame on the shorthanded goal allowed?