The goaltending for the Milwaukee Admirals this past season was outstanding. Marek Mazanec put together his best wire-to-wire season of his North American playing career while newcomer Juuse Saros looked and played nothing like a 20-year old newcomer.
When it comes to all the saves that these two made this season there could only be one worth of this distinction. Frankly, I don’t know if I’ve seen a save made by an Admirals goaltender that was better than it too! The Date: 1/22/16. The Location: Cleveland… aka Lake Erie… aka Cleveland where the Monsters play. The Victim of Theft: Nick Moutrey. The Robber: Mazanec.
Alright, first of all it is sad that the Lake Erie Monsters didn’t provide more to that save than they did. The highlight itself occurs at 1:14 in the video highlights and is just the overhead camera at real speed. Blink too fast and you’ll miss all that just happened.
Thankfully, sort of, I used my incredible ability to film that very save from two other angles using *drumroll* my iPhone pointed at my laptop which was streaming AHL Live. Hey, it’s better than nothing. Which would be a down right shame. What Mazanec did on this save was magic: Angle #1 and Angle #2.
Consider the situation. This play was a two-on-none from the bottom right wing. Derek DeBlois was the puck carrier low wing. He skated in quick, sent a pass for Moutrey who was all alone at the top of the crease, and Mazanec made the point blank save. If that wasn’t spectacular enough the initial save was made with the cuff of Mazanec’s glove and sent the puck flying up straight into the air where Mazanec quickly spun-around and made a no-look glove save behind his back as Moutrey skates behind him looking for a possible rebound. It was ridiculous.
Admirable Mentions (listed in order of appearance): Saros (11/11/15)… Saros (11/18/15)… Mazanec (11/27/15)… Mazanec (11/28/15)… Mazanec (12/6/15)… Saros (12/28/15)… Saros (2/21/16)… Saros (2/21/16)… Saros (4/15/16)…
Tomorrow in “Best Of” will feature the Best Goal of the Admirals 2015-16 Season. Out of all the goals scored this season which one was the most spectacular?
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