The Adirondack Flames "lacked compete level," to use their own buzz words. In plain English, they didn't show up on Saturday night and lost 6-1 to Grand Rapids.
They played an OK but not great first period. Bill Arnold scored a nice rebound goal 48 seconds into the second period. After that, it all fell apart.
The Griffins scored six unanswered goals and put 45 shots on net. Given the high shot count, Brad Theissen's save percentage was .866 in the game. It's certainly not a good number, but it's also not as bad as you would expect for giving up six goals.
Defense was a hallmark of the Flames' nine-game winning streak. But it just wasn't there on Saturday.
"We made some errors and they capitalized on them," Nolan Yonkman said. "Our compete level just wasn't where we wanted it to be.
"The details of the game got away from us. If you take shortcuts and you're tired, you're going to pay for it."
Friday's loss to Utica was an emotional one for the Flames. That first loss in 10 games was deflating. To make matters worse, it came against a team the Flames are chasing in the division, and a team the Flames have yet to beat.
The Flames did not respond well. Yonkman knows his team can't have any more of these kinds of games. He preaches the even-keel "not too high, not too low" mindset and appears to live by it. The veteran seems the same after the wins and losses and is trying to impart that on his team.
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"We have to bury it," Yonkman said. "We have to get back to work and I know we will be, because when we don't compete, we have to work the next day."
Coach Ryan Huska isn't going to burn the tape on this one, though. There's a lot he wants his team to take from his one. His team stood around and watched Grand Rapids play.
Between the two of them, Huska and Yonkman said the team didn't "have the compete" eight times in 6 minutes and 20 seconds.
"We laid an egg here in the second and third periods," Huska said.