Another road game, and another point for the Admirals (now in 13 straight road games). But they couldn’t get the win, losing to the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 in a shootout.
Mark Dekanich’s bizarre week in Texas continued, as he left the game with 2:08 remaining in overtime. Dex made the save on a Randy Robitaille shot that came up high on him. But when he left the ice, he was favoring his right leg. Assistant Coach Ian Herbers had no comment on Dex’s status on the radio after the game.
Jeremy Smith came in cold, and saved all three shots he faced the rest of the overtime period, which included 30 seconds on the penalty kill after a Mike Bartlett high-sticking call. But he gave up shootout goals to Viktor Tikhonov, Ned Lukacevic, and Matt Beaudoin, while the Admirals were only able to get a score from Gabriel Bourque in the shootout.
They could only get a score from Bourque in regulation too. Bourque was the recipient of another great pass after a great play from Chris Mueller. Mueller used a spin move to get around the defenseman, and after falling to his knees, he still was able to feed Bourque for the goal.
Bracken Kearns had the only regulation goal for San Antonio. It was a power play goal in the first period, deflecting a wrist shot from Viktor Tikhonov.
The Milwaukee power play had been performing well lately, but the unit went 0-6 tonight, often times passing up shots and getting a little too cute with the puck. Bourque did have a power play goal waived off, as the officials ruled that he kicked it in. Add this to our case study of reasons why the league needs video replay!
No game and no travel on Thursday, and then the Admirals will have a rematch with the Rampage on Friday night. The point gained from the shootout does put the Admirals back in sole possession of first place, as the Houston Aeros are grounded until Saturday.