A Shift in the Wind Leads to Rough Sailing, Ads Lose 2-1 (SO)

Bruce Bennett

Admirals get caught in the wake of their win again

Final Score: Albany 2 Admirals 1 (Shoot Out)

First Period Recap: This was a slow beginning to a slow moving game. Each team had only six shots in the first period, with Garnet Exelby getting the first good look at the goal for the Admirals. Albany had a crossbar shot that rang and dropped straight down, deflecting out of the net, luckily.

Devante Smith-Pelly had a good set up with some good passes that seemed like something might get started, but to no avail. The team seemed to be constantly searching for the puck and not able to keep it on their stick. There were four broken sticks in the period, three for the Admirals [Ed. Note: Now there's an Advanced Stat for you! -CK].

The biggest surprise of the period was when Zack Stortini did NOT drop mitts with 41.5 seconds left in the period. There was considerable posturing from a few of the guys which resulted in nothing. Albany took a 2 minute boarding penalty with 32 seconds left in the period.

Second Period Recap: Starting on the power play was no advantage to the Admirals as they had a very difficult time keeping the puck out of their own end. At 3:18 in the period Joseph Cramarossa took a holding penalty which put the Admirals on the penalty kill, they looked good. There were a few more penalties and the Admirals ended up on a short power play, which looked awful again.

Still not very much going on other than the puck moving around; Albany using their feet to play the puck more than their sticks; a dog pile around a face off (there were times it seemed both teams thought it was football on ice); lots of playing on the boards; not many big hits, and Gibson with some nice saves.

With 9:17 remaining in the period John Kurtz and the Devil's Dan Kelly dropped mitts. At first it seemed Kurtz was out matched but he was just waiting. Kurtz landed three strong punches right on the button taking Kelly down to the ice.

Only about a minute later, Albany struck first blood with a 4-on-4 goal through a lot of traffic in front of the net. As the buzzer signaled the end of the period, Peter Holland dropped mitts with Darcy Zajac of the Devils. Holland ended up landing some really strong body punches and taking Zajac down. Albany out shot the Admirals 15 to 11.

Third Period Recap: Another fairly slow period in a game that seemed like both teams were dragging. Cramarossa and Exelby each did great jobs standing their ground and fighting to win pucks in the corners. At the 14:15 mark the Devils rang another shot off the crossbar which didn't go in the net.

The Admirals were being severely beaten to the puck and not looking strong in foot races. One of the Devils was leveled and assisted off the ice, refusing to go on the stretcher ,which had been wheeled out to him.

With 5:09 remaining in regulation, Charlie Sarault netted his FIRST CAREER PROFESSIONAL GOAL. Kevin Gange and Brett Skinner had the assists on the game tying goal. The final two minutes had the Admirals on a penalty kill with Brad Staubitz in the box on a roughing call. The period ended in a tie, sending the teams into overtime for a second night in a row.

Overtime Recap: OT looked just like the rest of the game, uneventful and a little slow. Both teams stepped up the physicality of their games but still not very much. No goals sent the game to a shoot out.

Shootout Recap: Rickard Rakell took the first shot and missed. Gibson had a matching effort to deny Albany on their first attempt. Holland attempted a "spin-o-rama" where Scott Wedgewood shut the door on him. Albany's second attempt found an uncharacteristic opening low post blocker side of Gibson into the back of the net. Cramarossa was denied by the post on his attempt. Albany's third found another uncharacteristic opening at the low post on the glove side of Gibson. With the pressure on him, Smith-Pelly missed his attempt giving the Abany Devils the win over the Admirals.

*****

The Good: Gibson looked more comfortable in this game than against the Senators last weekend. Stortini is staying put on his short leash. Sarault scored his first career professional goal.

The Bad: The team looked slow and seemed to lose sight of the puck frequently.

The Ugly: The power play is abysmal. The Admirals couldn't keep the puck in their own zone enough.

*****

It's hard to pick most valuable Ducklings in this game...

3rd MVD: I'd say Cramarossa for being the only guy on the team who seemed to be digging deep tonight to keep on his feet and stay with the puck.

2nd MVD: Sarault again for getting his first professional career goal tonight.

1st MVD: Gibson for getting third star of the game and for an astounding job in the crease, despite the shootout loss.

Next Game: Friday Oct. 25, in Adirondak versus the Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers). The Admirals head out on a two week road trip.

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