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?