Admirals Lose Another Must Win Game

Harry Z skating around - John Wright/Norfolk Admirals

The Admirals can't count on anyone else losing when they need them to so it was up to the team to make headway towards the playoffs. Yeah, they didn't.

Final Score: Admirals 2, Penguins 3

First Period Recap: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton jumped out to an early lead just over four minutes into the game after former-Admiral Trevor Smith scored his 21st goal of the season. After that the Admirals took four penalties. Luckily the penalty kill is our only strong point this season. The Admirals were out-shot 11-6 and had only one power play.

Second Period Recap: The Penguins went up 2-0 when Riley Holzapfel scored his 18th goal of the year with 4:51 left in the period. Less than 1:30 to go, Chris Collins scored his first of the season to put the Penguins up 3-0. Some frustration boiled over at this point and Devante Smith-Pelly broke his stick and tossed it towards the ref and received a two minute minor. The Admirals were out-shot 7-6.

Third Period Recap: The Admirals tried to mount a third period come back after being down multiple goals but it came up short. Rookie Kyle Bonis, on an ATO, scored his first professional goal 2:22 into the final period. Josh Brittain and Mat Clark earned the assists. 12 minutes later DSP scored a power play goal after deflecting in a Hampus Lindholm shot. Gabe Guentzel got the secondary assist. And that's where the game ended with a score of 3-2.

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The Good: Kyle Bonis was a shining light. He has looked pretty awesome in his three games here so far.

The Bad: The refereeing was pretty sub par tonight with completely missed calls like Sami Vatanen taking an elbow to the head, and making up calls like phantom high sticks and interference. Even a WBS writer called it out on twitter.

The Ugly: Every team we needed to lose tonight won so that is pretty ugly.

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3rd Icehole: Patrick Maroon - Had one of his traditional "I'm not here" games with only 1 shot on goal and did nothing else.

2nd Icehole: Harry Zolnierczyk (new guy acquired for Jay Rosehill). He didn't play terribly but he got a ton of ice time it seemed and was out for 2 goals against and had no shots.

1st Icehole: The Coaches - With eight games left in the season and their team trying to make a playoff push, I have no idea why he took out John Kurtz and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond who have played well and put in Troy Bodie. I can understand Harry Z playing since we just traded for him but Bodie is a pretty insignificant piece to this team. And I can also understand (newly signed) Charlie Sarault in the lineup, the Ducks want to see what they have, but he is playing 4C and PP only...you can't afford a specialist right now, you need all four lines.

Next Game: Friday, April 5th at 7:30pm vs. Binghamton Baby Sens

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