Another game against the Aeros, and another one-goal game. The Aeros came away with the W this time, a 3-2 win in overtime over the Admirals.
Aaron Johnson coughed up the puck in the defensive zone, and the Admirals couldn’t control it in front of their net. But former Badger Robbie Earl could, and he scored 1:25 into overtime, beating Mark Dekanich to pull the Aeros even with the Admirals in the points column of the standings.
But that goal wasn’t the most remarkable goal of the game.
15 seconds after Gabriel Bourque scored his second power play goal of the game to give the Admirals a one-goal lead in the 3rd period, Dex let it in a softy. From 100 feet away.
Patrick O’Sullivan put the puck on net from the center ice dot, and it flew by Dex’s right elbow. He never saw it. And you just hope that he’s going to be strong enough mentally to wipe it from his psyche as soon as possible.
Dex had a weird moment earlier in the game too, channelling his inner Jan Lasak and skating away from the crease to play the puck. Scott Ford bailed him out, preventing a Brandon Buck shot from going into the vacated net.
Outside of the those two plays, Dex was pretty good overall. Matt Hackett was even better, especially in the 2nd period when the Admirals put 14 shots on net.
The Admirals were 2-for-3 on the power play, with the two aforementioned scores from Bourque. Both of them came after strong plays to the net by Chris Mueller. Bourque followed up a Mueller shot for his first goal, and cashed in on a great pass from Mueller for his second.
Peoria beat Oklahoma City in a shootout, so your West Division standings look like this…
1. Milwaukee 84 (66 games)
2. Houston 84 (70)
3. Peoria 81 (69)
4. Texas 80 (68)
5. Chicago 79 (69)
6. San Antonio 76 (65)
7. Oklahoma City 76 (67)
8. Rockford 63 (66)
Short memory time. The good guys are back in action Wednesday night in San Antonio.