I think most people probably would have said that if the Admirals could finish the NC and TX portion of the 7-game road trip with a 4-1 record, it’d be viewed as a success.
That’s exactly what they did, but that one loss was tonight against the San Antonio Rampage. It was a 4-1 decision that jumpstarted the Rampage’s playoff hopes.
The Rampage moved up to 5th place in the conference with the win, moving one point ahead of Milwaukee, Houston, Peoria, Lake Erie, and Rochester, who all have 82 points.
The Rampage jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals 58 seconds apart late in the frame. Chris Mueller made it a 2-1 game with a power play goal off of the leg of Nolan Yonkman 7:17 into the second period, but Bill Thomas got that one back 1:36 later after Atte Engren didn’t make a clean save.
The Admirals didn’t have any success on any other power plays, and gave up a 5-on-3 power play goal 4:52 into the third period to really take the wind out of the sails.
Engren was not as sharp has he had been recently. But again, he can’t be expected to win all that often when the Admirals can’t get more than one goal of support for him. The Admirals didn’t get an even strength goal in his last two starts. They got away from their gameplan, spent too much time in the box, and tried to be a little too cute on some bad ice.
This game wrapped up the regular season schedule against the West Division, and it’s too bad. The Ads finish 14-5-0-1 against the West.
So the team will fly back tomorrow, and then have a couple of days to get ready for the final stretch — Rockford on Friday, the Wolves on Saturday, and then Charlotte on Sunday.
Be advised that there will be a viewing party at Major Goolsby’s on Friday the 13th if you can’t make it to the land of Beef-A-Roo for the game against the IceHogs.