Game nine of the ten game road trip found the Admirals playing the Houston Aeros for the first time this season. Battling some bad puck luck, the Ads were able to salvage a point in a 2-1 shoot-out loss. The box score is here. The Admirals recap is here. The Aeros recap is here (although the
intern author isn’t quite sure who went first in the shootout, and the sequence of events is out of order… Pesky details…). The Third Intermission blog recap is here .
Through the first 40 minutes, things looked similar to last night’s game against the Texas Stars. Some good chances, with both goaltenders standing tall to deny every shot.
But different than last night, it was the home team that was awarded the first goal. I say “awarded” because the Aeros got credit for a goal that looked like it hit the crossbar and kicked back out. A Jared Spurgeon shot from the near face-off dot hit metal, and the goal lamp went on after Spurgeon started celebrating (insert Derek Jeter joke here). Referee Koharski-du-jour was trailing the play and called it a goal. He spoke with the goal judge, and then pointed to center ice. Meanwhile, the arena kept showing the replay over and over again, and it looks like they may have missed that call. In the end, it doesn’t matter where it hit — it was a goal, and the Admirals found themselves trailing 5:12 into the 3rd.
The Ads did answer back with an Aaron Johnson goal at the 13:15 mark of the 3rd. The Aeros failed to clear the zone, and after Johnson was able to fully control the puck, he sent a backhand shot from the near circle that beat Anton Khudobin five-hole.
So the game went to overtime and a shootout. Casey Wellman went first in the shootout and deked Dex out of his pads. There was some question from Koharski whether it was a goal or not, as he appeared to waive it off and also point to the back of the net. But the goal stood. Chris Mueller scored for Milwaukee, but then in the sudden death section of the shootout, Spurgeon slipped the puck just under Dex’s left pad. Jon Blum had the chance to send it to the next round, but he was not able to beat Khudobin.
Can’t blame the loss on the questionable goal. This was the second straight game that the Admirals could only muster one goal in regulation, and as great as Dekanich has been, we can’t expect him to win every game 1-0. Yes, it was their 6th game in 9 days. Yes, they are banged up a bit. But the offense needs to reappear.
– Linus Klasen was not scratched for a second straight game — instead Dan Gendur was a healthy scratch while Coach Lambert dressed seven defensemen. Aaron Johnson spent some time on the left wing, and did a nice job.
– The Admirals are still zero-for-the-road-trip on the power play.
– Do you prefer your hockey games with lots of goals? You should have been in Rosemont tonight. Check out this box score (and the happy ending too)!
Ok Roundtable….regardless of what happens tomorrow afternoon in San Antonio, the Admirals will be coming home with at least 10 of the 20 possible points on this road trip. Can we call it a success? An okay trip? A failure?