The Admirals picked up a point but lost on the road to the San Antonio Rampage 3-2 in a shootout. The late Sunday afternoon contest finished off the Ads four game road trip which saw them go 1-2-0-1.
This game started somewhat slowly compared to the previous bouts with the Stars. There wasn’t a goal scored until the second period. The best chances in the first period for both teams came seconds apart from one another. Rampage defensemen Mike Mottau, just out of the box after a hooking penalty, caught the puck out of the penalty box for a breakaway chance that would be denied by Magnus Hellberg. Right after that Filip Forsberg had a chance of his own only to ring his wrist shot off the pipe.
The opening goal came in at the 14:19 mark of the second period. After a lengthy shift for the Admirals the Rampage forced a turnover. The rush the other way led to a goal for Steve Pinizzotto. That’s his second goal in as many games.
Only 1:21 after the opening goal the Rampage fired home another goal. The puck stayed the way of San Antonio out of the opening goal, and led to a goal by one-time Admiral Jed Ortmeyer to make it a 2-0 Rampage advantage.
As has been the identity of the Ads this season: they don’t quit. After drawing a hooking call the Ads tallied with a power-play goal. Mark Van Guilder picked out a wide open Bryan Rodney who buried the puck past Dov Grumet-Morris in net for his second goal of the season.
In the third period the Ads managed to level the game up at 2-2. The line of the night, Simon Moser – Austin Watson – Filip Forsberg, produced a goal through Moser after some great puck movement between the group. That’s Moser’s second goal of the season and first since October 19th.
The real story of this game was the goaltending. Hellberg and Grumet-Morris were fabulous in this one and both played key roles as to why this game lasted through overtime and all the way to the shootout. Hellberg stopped 43-45 shots. Grumet-Morris countered with a strong effort of his own stopping 31-33. While shots against were plenty again for the Ads, it looks as if Magnus has shed any rust that was present in his games against the Texas Stars.
The shootout was basically capped off on the first shooter. The one and only goal scored in the shootout came off the tape of Jon Matsumoto for the San Antonio Rampage, who scored five hole. Colton Sissons, denied. Filip Forsberg, denied. Joonas Rask, denied. Austin Watson, denied. And then Bryan Rodney was also denied by Grumet-Morris – a perfect 5-5 in shootout saves to add to his first star effort in regulation.
Thoughts on this road trip? Any particular player stand out during this four game trip? How do you feel Hellberg and Forsberg played this weekend? What can we expect when the Ads return to home ice this Wednesday?