The Admirals won 3-1 on the road against the Charlotte Checkers Saturday night to push their points streak up to seven-games and their winning streak up to six-games. In the midst of a challenging first period the Admirals skated off the ice with goals from Eric Robinson and Viktor Arvidsson. It would be all they needed on the night as Juuse Saros held the fort and was thirty-seconds away from getting a shutout to end the weekend.
It felt like the Checkers were in firm control of the action in the first period but, thankfully, that control didn’t impact the scoreboard. With 4:59 remaining in the first period Eric Robinson slipped through the Checkers defense, caught a pass from Jamie Devane, and scored up and over the shoulder of Rasmus Tirronen to tally his second AHL goal of the season. Robinson has scored a point in all three-games he’s played with the Admirals.
With a late power-play in the opening frame the Admirals gave themselves an early two-goal cushion. The Ads worked themselves into a quickfire Swedish two-on-one with Max Görtz sliding a pass to Viktor Arvidsson over on the left wing. Arvidsson whipped a wrist shot against the grain and beat Tirronen to the far post to score his fourth goal in the AHL this season and extend his AHL points streak to nine-games.
In the second period, following a big check along the boards, Conor Allen and last night’s two-goal scorer for the Checkers Mike Cornell dropped the gloves. There was some grappling between the two but some solid shots landed for Cornell who I’d give the edge in my fight card to. Score that one 10-9 for Cornell.
The second period also provided yet another Admirals goal. Directly off of a faceoff win for Vladislav Kamenev the puck fell back to Trevor Murphy who wristed it home from distance. The Admirals top scoring defenseman all of last season was Anthony Bitetto with four goals scored. Murphy has four goals, all scored one-by-one these last four games straight, and he has only played eight-games this season.
After a late icing call in the third period the Admirals and Juuse Saros lost the shutout bid with thirty-seconds remaining in regulation. The Checkers won the faceoff and a long shot by Drayson Bowman deflected off of Kamenev and past Saros for his first goal of the season. The Checkers took away the shutout but the Admirals took away all points available to gain in Charlotte this weekend.
Give a huge tip of the cap to Admirals netminder Saros. It’s funny to think with an ice surface bad enough to warrant a comparison to the grass surface of Solider Field that a shutout was even possible. Saros was only a half a minute away from the feat. The puck was skipping everywhere tonight but Saros was able to stop thirty of thirty-one shots on goal including some dandies that kept the Admirals afloat in the first period. He now has six-wins this season including wins in his last five consecutive starts.
Ramblings: The Admirals utilized the exact same personnel and lines from yesterday’s game against the Charlotte Checkers: Arvidsson-Gaudreau-Görtz, Åberg-Kamenev-Payerl, Devane-Girard-Robinson, Moses-Reinhart-Bass, Näkyvä-Aronson, Allen-Oligny, Alm-Murphy. This was game was also the last of Kevin Fiala’s two-game suspension by the AHL.
Reactions to tonight’s game? What have you noticed that is different between the Admirals right now and the team that started this season? How good has Juuse Saros been? Now that Fiala’s suspension is over what sort of direct response do you want to see out of him next game?