AHL Game Night 10/27: Sound Tigers at Admirals

Boutin overtakes Munce on the depth chart???

BRI-1
NOR-2

Jonathan Boutin stopped 33 of 34 shots faced for the win in his first start of the season.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
BRI Colliton, (2) (Comeau), 0:58 (SH)

Third Period
NOR Jones, (3) (Wanvig, Klinkhammer), 0:31
NOR Lawrence, (2) (Taylor, Milley), 0:54

Boutin, Blair Jones, and Kyle Wanvig were named the three stars of the game respectively.

Now the goaltending equation starts to get interesting. Ryan Munce played well in his first three starts of the season, but allowed 9 goals in his last two starts (mostly due to mistakes made by the team in front of him).

Boutin was expected to be Karri Ramo's backup coming into the season but lost his spot on the depth chart after a lackluster training camp. Boutin played well in relief last Saturday and after tonight he's sitting on a 1-0-0 record with a 1.50 GAA and .960 save percentage.

So who will Coach Stirling start tomorrow against the Phantoms? And, who will the organization keep in Norfolk when Ramo returns, which could be as early as next weekend?

Blair Jones has 3 goals and 7 points through 8 games. That's impressive considering he took a couple of those games off.

Newcomers Rob Klinkhammer and Justin Taylor continue to push hard for NHL contracts. Klinkhammer now has 3 points in 4 games and Taylor has 5 points in 4 games. If only the organizations other forward prospects were showing this kind of offensive production.

Chris Lawrence got the game winning goal and after having an assist taken away from him in a game earlier this season he now has 2 goals and 3 points in 8 games.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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Nice Way to Come Back

After getting beaten by three goals last night, the ADs bounced back well tonight. They played excellent team defense and the forwards really helped out in our defensive zone. Wanvig is really stepping up in all aspects of the game.

Boutin looked very sharp. Taylor and Collymore need regular contracts and not this PTO arrangement. Taylor is playing very well and Collymore is an excellent energy player who doesn't take a shift off.

Most impressive was how they did in the third period. They came out flying and didn't stop.

There are no Vinnie's, Marty's or Brad's down here. So we have to win on hustle and team defense. And tonight we did. Lawrence is looking better as time goes on and Klinkhammer quietly goes about his business.

If we can show this type of defense and hustle every period and every night, we will be competitive.

Work Ethic

In talking with Claude Loiselle that is the first and most important building block they are trying to establish in Norfolk. Shift by shift, period by period, game in and game out they want to get it through these young players' heads that being an Admiral means 20 guys pulling together and working hard. That's the foundation. They won't accomplish anything until that becomes standard operating procedure, and that's why guys like Smolenak and Kvapil aren't on the roster right now.

Once the foundation is laid, once that work ethic is established, then a guy like Stirling who is very analytical and has a huge amount of experience coaching up good young players will correct the mistakes. And when that happens and the mistakes start to go away, then this team will go from just being competitive to winning night in and night out.

It isn't rocket science. It's Legos. Block by block.

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