Ads Outshot 51-24, Earn Point In Shootout Loss

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.

NOTES:

– 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.

3 thoughts on “Ads Outshot 51-24, Earn Point In Shootout Loss”

  1. So far we’re on pace for getting at least 50% of the available points…so that’s a good thing! Losing a close one on the road the #1 team is not terrible, I’m sure we’ll get it back.

  2. Some thoughts from the box:

    Granted we only saw 3 of a possible 5 shooters in the shootout for Milwaukee, but one has to think Mueller is on the list right? 2 breakaway goals (shorthanded) proves that he can beat a goalie 1 on 1.

    Andreas Thuresson where have you been? Not really impressed with his play as of late, granted I’ve only been tuning into the radio, but it seems to be that he has disappeared. And to be one of the top paid players on the team, I’d like to see him produce more. Later in the third, I did notice Lane jumbled lines a bit and moved Thuresson off the top line, so maybe thats the slap in the face he needs.

    On that same token, Klasen hasn’t done much since he got sent down by Nashville. And you would think a guy with that much still would have more than one shootout move.

    Great job by Aaron of outing the 3 stars process after the game. He called it a sham in every arena in the AHL and I have to think he is right. Whats your take on that media row guy? Dex got robbed on the 3 stars process. Seems like San Antonio has a guy calling shots that actually watches the game.

    I’d love to be a glass half full guy tonight and say a point vs the top team in the division is good….but giving up a lead in the last 5 minutes is bad, so my glass is half empty tonight.

    Good to see Bartlett and Flynn get points tonight.

  3. 3 stars. Wow…what to say….

    This may be good fodder for its own post later this week, but I’ll address it a bit here.

    I take my vote seriously, as does Dave Boehler from the Journal Sentinel. We don’t always agree on our ballots, and that’s fine. But there are more than just us two voters, so if I’m the only guy that puts Roman Josi as my 2nd star in a game, he may still miss out in the final tally. We usually vote with about 5 minutes left in the game, so if stuff happens after that, we are unable to take that into consideration. That said, the vote counters sometimes call an audible. Like it or not, right or wrong, that happens sometimes.

    I can only speak to that process that happens at the Bradley Center, but seeing some of the 3-stars lists on these away game box scores, it’s obvious that A) the voters are “homers”, B) the vote counters are “homers”, or C) they all need to have their voting criteria reviewed. Just because you scored a goal doesn’t make you a star. Just because you didn’t score a goal shouldn’t mean you’re not a star. Sometimes the best player on the ice doesn’t wind up on the scoresheet. Sometimes the best player on the ice makes 48 saves.

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