The 2011-12 campaign came to an end Wednesday night, as the Abbotsford Heat scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to win the game and the series over Milwaukee. The final score was 4-2, and the Heat win the series 3-games-to-none.
The Heat had seven power play chances, and scored on two of them….and a third goal came a second after a power play ended.
The Admirals scored a pair of power play goals of their own late in the second period to tie things up, courtesy of Kyle Wilson and Victor Bartley. But a Taylor Beck yonking penalty (aka delay of game) led to a Dustin Sylvester power play goal at 8:47 of the third period, as his shot beat Jeremy Smith over his right shoulder. Clay Wilson had the empty-netter with 30 seconds left in the third, to put the cherry on top of their series sweep.
– Lineup changes. Ben Ryan, Scott Valentine, Jeff Foss out. Victor Bartley, Joel Champagne, and new guy Anthony Bibetto in.
– Krys Kolanos? A pair of assists tonight. 8 points in the series.
– Jon Blum took a boarding penalty 9 seconds into the game. And then took another one at 3:34. The Heat had 6 power play chances over the first 30 minutes of the game. Tough to get stuff going when you’re skating down a man that often against a team as good as Abbotsford.
Breaking down the fourth wall here for a moment…….What else is there to say right now? I doubt I have anything particularly profound to add. As fans, we’re all emotionally invested in the team, and it is immensely sad when the grand curtain comes down. You don’t need me to tell you that. You feel it too. But hockey season ends in heartbreak for every team except the champs. It was a great effort to make the playoffs, and once there, they faced a pretty damn good team. Wish it could have ended better, but that’s how it’s going to end this year.
And thus ends quite a remarkable season of Admirals hockey.
We’ll probably feel like taking a trip down memory lane in a few days. In the meantime, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you for reading this blog and being a part of the Roundtable this season. Thank you to everyone who has commented, or simply lurked in the shadows. Thank you to every reader who has been with us from Day 1, and all that we’ve picked up along the way. Thank you to our friends in Nashville, to the Ryan Ellis fan club who stood up for their guy, to friends and family members of the players looking for media coverage, and to anyone who still chuckles at our silly running gags. And a special thank you to Aaron Sims — one of the all-time greats (and lead singer of Chili Sabotage).
That’s all for now. Welcome to the off-season.