The headline, courtesy of coach Lane Lambert.
Here’s the full quote.
“I think it’s our worst game of the season, so yeah, I guess you could say that. There’s been other disappointing losses where we’ve played better and not won the game. To hold a 3-0 lead for starters, and then to go into the third period with a lead, and then to give up four goals in the third period is pretty disappointing.”
After spotting the Admirals the 3-0 lead, the San Antonio Rampage didn’t panic. They made adjustments, and skated out of Milwaukee with a 7-5 win, snapping their five-game losing streak.
Before the game was 3 minutes old, Blake Geoffrion was the beneficiary of blooper from starting (not finishing) goaltender Matt Climie. The puck dribbled in to Climie, and attempted to cover it with his glove. He did cover it for a split second, but it the glove wasn’t sealed to the ice. The puck slid out, and Geoffrion was all alone to score the easiest goal of his career.
“When I say easy….I mean SNOOKI easy,” said Sutty, at the time.
Late in the period, Linus Klasen attempted an abbreviated shootout try…with everyone on the ice. Lots of credit goes to Ryan Thang and Blake Geoffrion with a fantastic forecheck. Blake was able to work the puck to Klasen at the top of the slot. And while the Rampage defensemen (including his Yonkness) were tending to Thang and Geoffrion down low, Klasen went right down the yellow brick road, delayed in front of Climie, and scored on the backhand after a deke that would make Gordon Bombay proud.
Kelsey Wilson scored 17 seconds later to end Climie’s night.
But there was a shift in play when Al Montoya took the ice. The Rampage started using their muscle a little more, and making things happen. I don’t think the Admirals were sitting on their lead — I think the Rampage starting playing that much better hockey.
And they scored with 39 seconds left in the first. Former Admiral Bracken Kearns had the puck bounce to him just in front of the crease, and he beat Mark Dekanich.
The Ads skated into the first intermission with the 3-1 lead, and you kind of had the sense that three goals wasn’t going to be enough to take this one home.
It wasn’t. Here’s more from Lane.
In the second period, the Rampage finished up a power play with a goal. It looked like a set play off the faceoff, and featured Aaron Johnson not being able to block the pass, and Geoffrion late getting to eventual goal scorer, Alexandre Picard.
Klasen answered with a power play goal 1:11 later, with a shot from the far face-off dot, through a nice Geoffrion screen.
Then the bleeding started. The start of the 3rd period seemed like a mirror image of the first period, with Dekanich the one not looking all that sharp, and the Rampage piling up the goals.
Here’s the summary.
– A power play goal from Ned Lukacevic 1:41 into the frame.
– An even strength goal from Matt Beaudoin, beating a Dex who had come out pretty far from the crease.
– Matt Watkins scored on a stoppable shot from the far face-off dot.
– Roman Josi scored on a shot from the point that may or may not have been deflected by Dylan Hunter.
– Empty netter by Ryan Hollweg
– The three-games-in-three-days stretch continues Saturday….in Texas. An unkind part of the schedule, but Lane says that the team will need to make the most of it.
– What a rollercoaster tonight. In the HBO series on the Winter Classic, they spent a lot of talking talking about how quickly momentum can change in hockey. Think we saw a bunch of 180’s tonight.
– Do you think we get the same outcome if Kearns doesn’t score in the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Hot Minute?
– Yonkman, with the textbook demonstration of the made up penalty that bears his name. I did enjoy that.
– On a brighter note, how about Darren Pang? What a guy! Gracious with his time, and I’m hopeful that we’ll get to hear his color commentary with Aaron Sims on one of the Time Warner Sports 32 broadcasts. (We also had the chance to interview him…we’ll post that later in the week)
– Packers/Bears wedding proposal….funny or not?
– Thoughts on the special teams (or lack thereof)?
– Were you hoping that Yonkman was going to drop the gloves with someone?
– Can you pick out the moment when the thought that ‘this might not end well’ crossed your mind?