At the beginning of the season that was the question. After ten games, it still is a question to be answered.
The “boat”, as some fans here call the team, has begun the season with a team-record six wins in a row, including one at the home of the team’s harsh rival Rimouski Oceanic. For most of those wins, were missing six players: rc Yannick Lehoux (2000 3rd pick of L.A.Kings) g Ghislain Rousseau (2000 4th pick of Buffalo Sabres ) rc Joël Perrault (2001 5th pick of Anaheim Mighty Ducks) rw Robin Leblanc ( 2001 3rd pick of New Jersey) ld Daniel Bergeron (invited by the NY Islanders) and lc Pascal Pelletier (invited by the Edmonton Oilers)
Undrafted and uninvited to a pro camp veteran player Charles Linglet, matched with an undraftabled sixteen years old rookie Benoit Mondou (son of former Montreal Canadiens Pierre Mondou), were carrying the team on their shoulders. Linglet had a swell start with a hat-trick in each of the first 3 games of the year and is still the league’s points leader with 28.
After this record start, things begin to look worse with 3 losses. It seems that the team has suddenly learned to lose in team. Nothing seems to work, sloppy goaltending, bad defensive mistakes, lack of transition game, lost of momentum, bad chemistry etc. Everybody wanted to put it in the net but no one seems to be able to score the key goal.
In the tenth game, things settled a little bit with a 6-3 win. In it. the star team captain Lehoux scored 4 goals, 2 of those goals shorthanded. In 5 games, Lehoux (who scored 5 of his 8 goals Read more»
Game one: It was a combination of fierce forechecking and speed that elevated the Manchester Monarchs to its throne. But despite the lack of aggression on the ice–the Admirals dethroned its opponent earning a 3-3 tie Friday night.
Fans sighed through the first period with exasperation. But were resuscitated when Tyler Arnason and Mike Peluso scored second-period goals and Matt Henderson tipped a goal with only four minutes left in the contest. “They are a quick team and we did a lot of standing around and watching. Also, instead of initiating, we were retaliating, said coach Trent Yawney whose team swept the first two games of the season.
Manchester controlled the puck from the face off with a pair of goals from Randy Robitalle and Joe Corvo. The Admirals released damage control with a pair of goals from rookie Tyler Arnason at 3:52 and Mike Peluso making it 3-2 Manchester. LA Kings goalie, Stephane Fiest, who is rehabilitation turned aside 19 of Norfolk shots 22 shots. Admiral’s Matt Henderson from Chebaturkin left point to tied it 3-3 in regulation.
Game two: Admirals lose first game of the season 6-3
The Admirals who rebounded in the first game against Manchester took a nosedive on Saturday night. Manchester out witted Norfolk with tough goaltending and blistering offence and served Norfolk its first loss of the season. Rookie goalie Craig Anderson struggled between the pipes for Norfolk allowing 5 goals before getting pulled in the third.
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·Rookie forward Mike Jefferson refused an assignment to Albany last week after preseason, and was immediately suspended.
·In a shocker, former Boston College goalie Scott Clemmensen beat out Albany River Rats netminders J.F. Damphousse and Frederic Henry to win the backup role for New Jersey. Clemmensen was terrific during the preseason, stopping a Petr Nedved penalty shot and just simply outplaying Damphousse and Henry, who looked very vulnerable in their starts and relief appearances. Clemmensen and Brodeur should be a nice tandem between the pipes.
·Anyone else notice how much better Sascha Goc looks on the ice this year? He seems much more poised, and his confidence is high. Amazing what a taste of the NHL can do for you.
·Kudos to Josef Boumedienne for scoring his first NHL goal over the weekend. Although he’s not going to make the roster on a permanent basis as long as Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski are healthy, Boumedienne filled in very admirably and looks promising.