In our last episode…
The Admirals gave up four goals in the 3rd period of a 7-5 loss to San Antonio.
More bad news was that Gabriel Bourque and Kelsey Wilson were a bit banged up in the match.
Both were scratched in Saturday evening’s game.
In what Lane had billed as a major “character game” for the team, they were able to go to Texas and get out of there with a point, losing in a shootout to the Texas Stars by a score of 2-1.
You can read 100 Degree Hockey’s recap here. They know what they’re talking about. They were there.
Jeremy Smith started the game, and made 25 saves in regulation, and truly deserved a better fate.
After a scoreless (but not a chanceless) first period, the Stars got on the board first with a Greg Rallo goal. After a shot from the point changed directions a couple of times, Rallo was down low to cash in.
Roman Josi scored his third in as many games 20 seconds into the 3rd period. It goes in the books as a power play goal, but really should be considered 4×4. Scott Ford’s interference penalty ended at the 20 second mark as well. Josi took a pass from Blum that went over the glove of Stars goalie Richard Bachman.
In the shootout, Linus Klasen was the only Admiral to beat Bachman, in an attempt that probably had the least amount of razzle dazzle that he’s had all season. Andreas Thuresson and Ryan Thang attempted their first shootout tries of the year, with Thang hitting the goalpost in the bottom of the fifth round, to end the game.
Reports are that the injuries to Bourque and Wilson aren’t considered serious. But it opened the door for Grant Lewis and Dan Gendur to get some playing time. And for a team playing its third game in three days, having a couple pairs of fresh legs in the lineup probably had some benefit.
Steve Begin left the game after a collision, and appeared to be favoring his left leg. That may end up being more serious.
Two out of a possible six points in the last three days. Not ideal, but it keeps them in a tie for first place with the…..wait…how did the Houston Aeros get there?????
7th place in the division (Chicago) is three points out of first place. Oy. And they’d be in 3rd place in the North Division right now…..so the crossover rule might get five teams from our division into the playoffs.
That’s slightly comforting.