Admirals Battle Hard But Come Up Short; lose 3-2 in OT

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

Rich Clune scored a shorthanded tally tonight and, once more, the Admirals deserved a far better fate than they received tonight. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Admirals lost 3-2 in overtime against the Chicago Wolves on the road Saturday night. Once more, it was a good effort for the Admirals and one that saw them fight hard late to earn a point. Despite their efforts the Admirals Killer that is Jeremy Welsh buzz sawed them once more and the Admirals have now lost five straight games with only one win from their previous eleven contests.

It was the Admirals scoring a shorthanded goal to open up the scoring tonight. Joe Pendenza jarred a puck loose while battling at center ice with Petteri Lindbohm. When the puck was sent free Rich Clune gathered it up and broke in all alone for a breakaway. He fired a wrist shot that went underneath the blocker arm of Matt Climie and in for his sixth goal of the season and second scored shorthanded.

The Wolves neglected quite a few opportunities to drop the gloves last night. In fact, that’s the main reason why Clune referred to them as a soft hockey club at the beginning of the season. There would be fight majors handed out in the first period after a heavyweight bout between Scott Ford and Jacob Doty. Both threw some powerful overhand rights mixed with left jabs. I’d give the edge in the fight card to Doty who knocked the veteran Admiral defenseman’s lid off and was stood tall when the officials came to stop the fight.

Ty Rattie continued his hot run of late by recording his twentieth goal of the season in the closing minutes of the first period. A strong rush into the zone put the Admirals defense into a scramble while the Wolves started setting up shop. Brendan Bell stepped up from the left point and threw a puck low towards the net and it ricocheted out into the right wing where Rattie was sitting and waiting. Magnus Hellberg tried to make a Superman save out of desperation as he slid from post to post but he never had a chance on the quick release shot from Rattie.

Jeremy Welsh and Adam Cracknell continued where they left off last night against the Admirals in the second period. Welsh spearheaded a rush through Gary Steffes and Colton Sissons in the neutral zone before losing the handle off the puck. The unfortunate pinballing that would take place landed the puck in line for the oncoming Cracknell who ripped a shot by the glove of Hellberg. It was Cracknell’s third goal against the Admirals this weekend and seventh on the season.

From that goal onwards the Admirals offensive pressure was relentless. They outshot the Wolves 10-5 in the second period and 13-4 in the third period. That pressure was rewarded when a turnover in the Wolves defensive zone was wristed from the right wing wall by Zach Budish into the top shelf past the glove of Climie to tie the game with 2:57 remaining in regulation. The goal was Budish’s sixth of the season.

This game went to overtime and nearly ended immediately when a Wolves turnover set Gary Steffes off on a breakaway. Steffes shot was stopped by a left pad save from Climie. The turnaround and momentum quickly bit the Admirals. A shot by Joel Edmundson from the right point took a harsh deflection from Rattie. Hellberg was anticipating the initial Edmundson shot but it trickled away towards the left wing where Jeremy Welsh smacked in the loose puck for the game winner. It is Welsh’s seventeenth goal of the season. His Admiral Killer status continues. And he has scored seven of his seventeen goals on the season against Milwaukee.

Ramblings: Prior to tonight’s game the Nashville Predators reassigned Kevin Fiala to the Milwaukee Admirals. With last night’s announcement from Admirals head coach Dean Evason that Felix Girard will miss the rest of this season it meant that tonight’s scratches were both healthy: Frederick Gaudreau and Jonathan Diaby. With the results as they stand tonight, the Admirals have fallen from seventh to eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

Thoughts on tonight’s game? Did the Admirals deserve better than this tonight considering their performance? Does this game still have the potential to lift them heading into the upcoming road games against the Lake Erie Monsters?

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9 Responses to Admirals Battle Hard But Come Up Short; lose 3-2 in OT

  1. Steve C says:

    Looks like we may not have to shell out for playoff tickets this year… we currently sit in 8th place with three teams below us (Chicago, Adirondack, Toronto) who have games in hand on us. Things aren’t looking good right now…

  2. Fan in the Falls says:

    Agreed. If the Ads don’t win out or go something like 7-0-1 in their last 8 games I think the playoff streak ends. That’s going to be a pretty depressing season ending game with a concert after (I will be at the game, but will definitely be booking out of there before Great White and Slaughter take the stage).

  3. Steve C says:

    This site is outdated by two games, but it is pretty telling. They basically did the math…

    According to that site, we need 12 points to have anything more than a 50% chance to make the playoffs. Again, that was prior to the two Chicago games this weekend… if the percentages didn’t change (they will have), we’d need 11 points in 8 games… and that still doesn’t guarantee us a spot…

  4. frontrowjon says:

    All of these problems and bad habits have been with this team all year! Winning had masked it to some and clearly the coaches because the shitty play in our own zone and guys being careless with the puck has not stopped. Those winning streaks may have had coaching think we’ll get it turned around it happened before. But nothing has changed. Detail attention isn’t there. And here we using the abacus and calculator to figure the bare minimum to make the post season. And crossing fingers other teams lose or half their team has the shits. When you gotta do that you already do belong in the post season and this team definitely doesn’t deserve to make it. I said that Toronto would knock us out in Leipsics return and some didn’t believe that would happen. Well we didt even last that long. This was a complete failure of a year. From how well it seemed we started to now if we win 3 more games that will be alot! Dean hit the road and take Stan and the crappy entrance music with ya! (Drops microphone, walks off stage)

  5. frontrowjon says:

    *DON’T belong in the post season and this team definitely
    (Fat finger syndrome)

  6. Steve C says:

    … and we are now in 9th place with Chicago winning today.

  7. Randall Lusty says:

    I would have liked to have both coaches replaced mid season. Noel would be great to replace these guys behind the bench

  8. firsttimer says:

    Need to replace more than just the coaches… Try their bosses too

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