Admirals Pelted By Stars Again; lose 6-2

(Photo Credit: Christina Shapiro)
It’s not easy being Dicky sometimes. It also isn’t easy watching this Admirals team sometimes… as in right now. (Photo Credit: Christina Shapiro)

The Admirals lost 6-2 on the road against the Texas Stars Sunday evening. As far as results go this is one of the worst games of the Admirals’ 2014-15 season. The Stars upped their performance from the night prior to chase Marek Mazanec and push the Admirals winless skid to five games.

In the first period there was a spell of 1:47 where both the Admirals and Stars traded scoring blows back-to-back-to-back. The Stars opened the scoring through Brendan Ranford’s fourteenth goal of the season. He was able to dodge a stick check of Taylor Aronson before sending a backhander past the glove of Marek Mazanec.

The Admirals responded fifty-eight seconds later when Viktor Arvidsson scored his nineteenth goal of the season. Pontus Åberg hit Arvidsson on a stretch pass through neutral ice and sent him off to the races. Arvidsson wired a wrist shot far glove-side of Jack Campbell and off the post and in to level things up in less than a minute.

It took the Stars fifty-nine seconds to nullify the Arvidsson goal. A rebound off of Mazanec fell to none other than former-Admiral Kevin Henderson who swatted in the loose puck for his fourth goal of the season and first goal against the Admirals since leaving the team last season.

Similar to the opening frame, it was a matter of moments before the Stars scored a pair of goals in the second period to separate themselves clear of the Admirals. Joining in on the festivities set down by Henderson it was Scott Valentine’s chance to score on his former team. It was a dandy of a goal as well. He raced up to join Branden Troock on the rush and scored a wrister while falling down onto the ice through Mazanec’s blocker-side to record his second goal of the season.

It was forty-nine seconds after that when Scott Glennie was in the right place at the right time to push home a rebound off of the end boards that trickled in on goal. Justin Dowling had the initial shot that banked off the boards and in on goal. Glennie had a simple enough finish for his eleventh goal of the season.

With only six seconds remaining in the second period the Stars tagged Mazanec yet again off of a rebound. Matt Mangene’s shot ended up bouncing off Mazanec and square for Ranford to score his second goal of the game and fifteenth of the season to make it 5-1 Stars through two period of play.

Before the second period closed out there was a bout between Mike Liambas and Stars goal scorer Glennie. It was a spirited bout from Liambas who got a few good ones in before Glennie earned the takedown.

Magnus Hellberg replaced Mazanec for the start of the third period. Mazanec stopped 11/16 shots before getting yanked. Since earning his fourth shutout of the season on 3/4/15 on the road against the Lake Erie Monsters Mazanec has allowed nineteen goals in his last five games.

Hellberg’s entry to the game wasn’t met with much better. The very first shot he faced in the third period beat him high blocker side from a Derek Hulak shot to make it a 6-1 game. The goal for Hulak was his sixteenth of the season.

Over halfway through the third period and the Admirals picked up their second goal of the night from Arvidsson. It was a heavy slap shot from the left point from the Swede which took redirect out in front of Campbell in net. Colton Sissons was trying his best to screen out in front and the traffic he drew may have helped Arvidsson pick up his twentieth goal of the season.

The game would end there and this latest rough patch for the Admirals has hit five straight defeats. During this stretch the Admirals have been outscored 23-9. The divisional and conference standings are seeing the Admirals at a standstill while the rest of the league slowly close the gap or, more importantly, leave the Admirals behind.

The next stop on the road trip is Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Barons. They defeated the Admirals on back-to-back occasions by the score of 5-1 to start this current losing streak. A measure of revenge could be on the mind. Personally, I would just prefer to see a measure of composure.

Ramblings: Today’s scratches for the Admirals included Félix Girard (upper-body) and Jonathan Diaby (healthy). Girard was injured during his fight with Scott Valentine yesterday. It is the first game that Girard has missed all season.

What is your reaction to today’s result? What’s wrong with this Admirals team currently? Was it wrong of Dean Evason to leave Mazanec in net for as long as he did today?

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10 thoughts on “Admirals Pelted By Stars Again; lose 6-2”

  1. Ugg. I don’t even know what to say. That was just ugly. This team has no middle. It’s either on the top of a hill or at the bottom of a valley. Somehow they always skip the trip up or down.

    Also, why does it seem like it almost takes a Herculean effort to get Hellberg some playing time? I know it’s not only him, but Maz hasn’t exactly been stellar lately, but he keeps getting start after start. There’s no way he should have started today’s game after the blowout yesterday.

    On a 100% unrelated note, but something I was happy to see (old news now), the Blackhawks extended Darling’s contract two years. Great to see!

  2. Are the old Admirals outplaying the current ones?
    Leaving Maz in was a “Patrick Roy” moment.
    Three more points.
    Play Hellberg, play Hellberg and play Hellberg!

  3. Same crap samr result, sure start hellberg but he isn’t scoring goals, Ardvinsson again did the lifting while everyone else stood around, and one was so late it just made the score look slightly less embarrassing! Pack up the tents this team is all but done, 14 games remain and i say they don’t win half of them! Just stay ahead of Chicago and that’s all we can be proud of.

  4. It’s seems that Maz is either phenomenal or horrible. No in between. He either makes excellent saves or he gives up a bunch of goals on few shots.

  5. Defense and coaching is the problem. I’ve scene it too many times now Bitetto will turn the puck over then be out of place on defense which leads to a goal which kills the momentum and the team. I don’t know what Nashville sees in Bitetto, but he is garbage and a turnover machine. Evason needs to light a fire under this team before we get embarrassed in the playoffs.

  6. Playoffs Kyle? Playoffs? Are you kiddin me? Playoffs?! (Jim Mora smirks) we won’t make it the we play and honestly don’t deserve to have the opportunity to get whipped 3-0 agreed the defense is weak and flat Joe Blow Piskula really can exit stage left whenever never understood the reason to bring him back and make him Captain. I know Ford was slower but i feel he had real leadership qualities and could rally the troops. Dean could have been fired during any point this year losing or winning streaks because nothing changes. This team is always the same old things each game we just get lucky if someone is scoring goals for us that night or the goalies play exceptional. Special teams have been real special this year special shitty. Bright side we save a couple bucks from not going to the playoffs this time…..

  7. I have to agree somewhat with frontrowjon. Take a look at the playoff primer on the AHL website. The Ads are very close to falling out of the playoff picture. Texas is 1 point behind with 2 games in hand, Hamilton is only 2 points behind having played one game more and Adirondack is only 4 points back with 2 games in hand. If they keep playing poorly I can easily see them falling out of the top 8 in the Western conference soon.

    I still don’t know if I can get on the train about not having Ford being the problem. Yes, he has great leadership qualities, but that’s most definitely not the only issue this season.

  8. Im sure you guys when they were on their 8 game winning streak you guys were thinking Calder cup. We have guys that can score (Watson, Arvidission, sissons, Fiala) thats not the problem. Some days the puck goes in others it doesn’t the problem is defense and coaching now with Scott Ford I can watch guys skate right by him then watch him take his stick and trip someone up get us shorthanded and watch the special teams do their thing in lose us the games. All I know is when the admirals get that lower playoff seed and they upset Utica or what ever team ends up on top you guys will be the first people saying I knew this team was good and I was a believer along. Unlike you guys I try to see the positives in my team and I know we can do damage in the playoffs if we make it.

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