It took them 64 minutes and 56 seconds to do it, but the Ads finally put away the Aeros in a game with major playoff implications.
Like a March Madness buzzer beater, Kyle Wilson corralled a rebound off the boards behind the goal-line and fired it past Matt Hackett to put the Ads up 3-2 with 3.1 seconds left in overtime, securing the pivotal second point.
Here’s coach Herbers’ overview of the big win and what it means for the Ads’ playoff plans.
The Ads took a timeout right after they were granted an OT powerplay that would remain for the rest of the extra period.
Here’s Herbers on the TO.
The Ads looked awfully lethargic for a team fighting for a playoff berth in the first two periods of play. The Aeros looked like their namesake, flying down the ice setting up break after break, while the Ads looked like they needed some postgame Herb Brooks-style gassers.
The special teams weren’t all that special, as the Ads looked sluggish, sloppy and predictable on the Fury, going 0-for-3 in the first two periods.
Even with a man advantage, the Ads had little hurry to their Fury, evidenced by the first goal they surrendered. Houston’s David McIntyre fired a shortie, beating Smitty top right shelf to give the Aeros a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period.
Here’s Herbers again on the breakdown that led to the early goal against.
Chris Mueller was Johnny-on-the-spot with the answer for the Ads, putting in a fat rebound off a Brodie Dupont shot attempt that went over the head of a flailing Hackett with 1:07 left before the first break.
The Aeros retook the lead a few minutes into the second period with a Chay Genoway goal. McIntyre picked up his second point of the night, feeding Genoway from behind the net to beat a screened Smith.
Dupont tied the game 5:22 into the third and picked up some much needed momentum for the Ads with his first goal and second point of the night. Mueller crashed down the boards and found Jon Blum, who centered a hard pass that Dupont redirected past Hackett. Mueller made a great read to find Blum, who held onto the puck and somehow mustered a pass that banked off Brodie’s stick into the net. Good on Blum.
It was enough to force overtime, despite Houston outshooting the Ads 9-4 in the third period. And then Kyle Wilson finally Furied The Fury to send the pickles into a frenzy.
Here’s Wilson’s postgame Q&A:
-The game almost started with a Roscoe faceplant, but his handler warned the Ads mascot before he hit the ice with his skateguards still on.
-The Ads made a big statement with a win over a playoff-caliber team tonight after falling yet again to cellar-dwelling Rockford Sunday. This was a huge confidence boost with conference-leading Oklahoma City coming in Friday.
-Coach had good things to say about Dupont after his two points that kept the Ads in it.
Have the past weekend and tonight’s win convinced you that the Ads have a real shot at the postseason?
What do you think of Blum lately? He’s still at -14, but was involved in two big Admirals goals tonight?
Will you ever look at a pickle the same way after tonight’s bad puns and over-the-top promotions?