Three was a magic number for the Admirals against San Antonio Saturday night.
The Ads scored three goals to win 3-1 over the Rampage for the third time this season and most importantly win their third consecutive game on this road trip.
For the third straight game, Milwaukee got on the board first, as Ryan Flynn snuck the puck through the legs of Jacob Markstrom 3:40 into the game. Kevin Henderson and Teemu Laakso assisted.
Kyle Wilson gave the Ads a 2-0 lead about eight minutes later, redirecting a Scott Ford slapper past Markstrom. Wilson has now scored at least a point in all three games since returning from an undisclosed injury, and four straight games overall.
Milwaukee had some trouble clearing the puck in the second period, leading to a Bracken Kearns goal cutting the lead to 2-1 with 1:24 left before intermission.
The Admiral defense stepped up in the third period, forcing the Rampage to pull Markstrom in the final moments. After a centering feed from Chris Mueller, Flynn picked up an empty-netter, his third goal in three games, to ice the win with 27 seconds left.
-With the win, the Ads move to 10-6-0-2 in their last 18 and move up to ninth place. They could have moved up more had the other teams in the conference cooperated a little bit more. They go to sleep tonight two points out of 5th place, with games in hand over almost everybody.
-Milwaukee still controls its playoff destiny, and with the offense flowing the Admirals appear to be sailing closer and closer to a postseason berth.
-Jeremy Smith picked up his 30th victory of the season, keeping him in second place behind Norfolk’s Dustin Tokarski in the AHL wins column. Anders Lindback left the Preds game prematurely due to injury, for the record. Don’t know how serious it is, but hope they won’t need to call up Smitty to open the bench door this week.
-Coach Herbers talked before the game about Ford-o’s veteran leadership and its importance to the team in its fight for the playoffs. What has stood out to you about Scott recently?
-Who else have you seen step their game up with the season on the line?
-Think we’ll see Matt Hackett in net tomorrow, playing his third game in three days?