The last 8 minutes of the third period, and then all of the overtime period…..bottle it.
Late in the third period, the Admirals scored two special teams goals to force overtime, and Taylor Beck had the game-winner to give the Ads the extra point in the standings — a 5-4 OT victory over the Lake Erie Monsters Friday night in Cleveland.
Entering the third period tied with the Monsters, the Admirals gave up a pair of goals in the first eight and a half minutes. Things looked bleak.
And then the leadership stepped up.
Scott Ford scored shorthanded, crashing the net after a strong shorthanded play by Kyle Wilson. And then Victor Bartley scored his second of the game four seconds into a power play with a shot from the slot off of the face-off, to tie the game back up at 4.
The Admirals dominated play the rest of the way. In the OT, after a friendly carum kept the puck in the offensive zone, Taylor Beck was all alone in front of Cedrick Desjardins, and scored on a backhander up high.
Also notable? Brodie Dupont scored his first as an Admiral on the power play in the second period, banging in the rebound of a Beck shot. Beck finished with three points on the night.
Season-saver? We’ll see. Would have been nice to avoid giving one point to Lake Erie, but we needed the two for sure. Another two points tomorrow against Kelsey Wilson and the Toronto Marlies would help. (Toronto shutout Grand Rapids 2-0 tonight in GR)
Here is a montage of Aaron Sims’ goal calls from the game, for your listening pleasure.
UPDATE: Scoring change. Sorry Victor Bartley. They gave the game-tying goal to Dupont on a deflection. So Dupont had the two-goal night tonight, after not scoring at any is his first 25 games.
UPDATE #2: Here’s some video!