The Admirals lost 2-1 in overtime on the road against the Lake Erie Monsters Tuesday night. It took a late power-play goal from Gary Steffes to equalize this game for the Admirals in the third period after trailing from 3:46 of the first period. The Monsters managed to score through traffic in overtime to hand the Admirals their sixth straight loss.
It was the white hot Andrew Agozzino opening the scoring tonight in the first period. The Monsters forward was camped out in front of Magnus Hellberg when he redirected a point shot by Bruno Gervais that alluded the Swedish netminder’s glove. The goal for Agozzino was his twenty-third of the season and helped extend his current point streak to twelve games. It is the longest point streak in the AHL this season by two-games.
In the second period, while the Admirals were killing a five-on-three power-play for 1:30 of ice time, Hellberg appeared to be struggling with his right leg after making a big post-to-post save to rob Ben Street on the right wing. Hellberg was helped off the ice by Admirals head trainer Doug Agnew and didn’t put weight down on his right leg on his way off the ice. Marek Mazanec stepped in and replaced him for the remainder of the game.
Halfway through the third period the Admirals were able to cash in from a power-play to level the game at 1-1. Just as he did for his first career Admirals goal, Gary Steffes and Colton Sissons linked up for a power-play goal from a shot-pass redirect. Sissons threw a puck towards Steffes who got his stick-blade to it and angled the shot far post past Calvin Pickard for his second goal in the AHL this season.
Before this game could go to overtime there was a massive chance for the Monsters to close things out in regulation. The Monsters forward Street had a breakaway from the Admirals blueline and was one-on-one with Mazanec. The Czech stayed big in net, allowed Street to make to make his moves en route to goal, before stopping him cold and forcing the puck off to the left wing corner.
Sadly in overtime, the Admirals were never even able to register a shot on goal and it was the Monsters taking the final point on the evening. They set up plenty of bodies in front of Mazanec and Cody Corbett stepped up from the point and fired a wrist shot glove side for the game-winner and his second goal of the season.
The Admirals losing streak might be rough right now. They have lost six straight games and have only one win from their previous twelve games. But, gaining points as they have in their last two games might be a sign of things turning around. There are seven games left in the season. Results such as the last two could have just as easily been regulation defeats but they weren’t. Things are starting to sharpen up and the Admirals will now need to see those overtime losses turn to wins.
Ramblings: Tonight’s scratches for the Admirals were Frederick Gaudreau and Jonathan Diaby. Both were healthy scratches whilst Miikka Salomaki and Felix Girard are both out for the rest of the season due to injury. Gary Steffes was playing in his first career game against his former-AHL squad the Lake Erie Monsters. With his goal tonight, Steffes has scored forty-six goals between the AHL and ECHL this season. For the moment, the Admirals have moved back into third place of the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference.
What is your reaction to tonight’s game? Are you happy to see the Admirals fight back to earn a point? If Hellberg is in fact hurt, what is your current confidence level of Mazanec being the man moving forward? What have you thought of Gary Steffes since his introduction to the Admirals?