Both teams came into the game riding five game winning streaks. The San Antonion Rampge were able to run it to six, as they defeated the Admirals 4-3 in a shootout.
Mark Dekanich was peppered with 51 shots in the game, including 25 in the 2nd period. And then after stopping the opening shootout attempt, Dex let in the next three, while the Admirals didn’t put any past Rampage goalie Matt Climie in the shootout.
Dekanich deserved a better fate. He is the reason that the Admirals were even in this game. The game was scoreless through the first 38 minutes, but Pete MacArthur scored to give the Rampge the lead, and thus end Dekanich’s franchise record scoreless streak at 209:31 straight minutes. He deserves quite the attaboy for that.
His subsequent scoreless streak was stopped after 15 seconds, as Mikkel Boedker scored to give the Rampage a two goal lead.
But the Admirals answered back 47 seconds later with Mike Bartlett’s first of the year. Ryan Flynn was playing the puck behind the net, and passed to Roman Josi at the point. His shot was stopped by Matt Climie’s pads, but Bartlett was there to put the rebound in. It was Flynn’s first professional point.
So after being outshot 36 to 11 over the first two periods, the Admirals found themselves only down one goal, and on a power play to start the 3rd period, thanks to an Oliver Ekman-Larsson interference penalty.
The Admirals didn’t score on that power play, but did tie the game up nine seconds after it expired. Matt Halischuk scored his 6th goal of the season — a wrister that went between Climie’s legs.
Chris Mueller gave the Admirals the lead 2:08 later with his third shorthanded goal of the season. (Last season, the Admirals had three shorties all year!) Mueller went in a breakaway after Maxim Goncharov turned the puck over, and he beat Climie glove side.
San Antonio was able to tie the game while Kelsey Wilson was serving a tripping minor. Admirals nemesis Tim Stapleton had the power play goal just 12 seconds into the advantage, and with 5:20 left in the game.
In overtime, the Admirals thought they had scored the game winner after a puck went off of Mueller’s body towards the net. Climie appeared to make the save, but was pushed back into the net as part of a pileup. The goal judge never turned their light on, and after the officials discussed the play, it was officially ruled no goal.
Dekanich came up huge on a Tim Stapleton breakaway moments later.
Steve Begin took another late game penalty — this one a hooking minor with 1:11 left in OT. After withstanding the early pressure on the 4-3 power play, the man-advantage was negated after Brett MacLean was called for goaltender interference with 14 seconds left in OT.
– The start of the game was delayed after one of the zambonis started leaking hydrolic fluid onto the ice. Apparently, this guy got a new job.
– While it’s great to get a point out of this one, especially a game where the ice seemed to be slanted at times, it’s still an extra point that a division rival ended up getting in the standings. Hopefully, it won’t come back to haunt the team once we get to April.
– For our glass-is-half-full readers…that was 7th straight game the Admirals have received at least one point. Sure beats the alternative.
– On to Austin to take on the Stars Saturday night — a team coming off a shootout win at Oklahoma City on Friday night. They have a longer way to travel than the Ads do.