The Milwaukee Admirals won 5-4 in overtime against the San Antonio Rampage Saturday night at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
This game had a little bit of everything tonight. Former Admiral Félix Girard racked up two goals in his second game back to Milwaukee. This seemed to be the Rampage’s night but Admirals captain Trevor Smith had the late heroics by scoring the game-tying goal with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation to force this game to overtime. That’s where the stage was made for Alex Carrier to score a power-play goal in overtime in front of a packed crowd.
Derek Army delivered the first score of the game midway through period number one. Tyler Moy set up Army perfectly with a backhanded pass from behind the net and found an open Army in the slot where he would score his first goal of the season.
Just 57 seconds into the second period, former Admiral Félix Girard found the back of the net for his third score of the season. After a scramble for the puck, the third opportunity for the Rampage got by Anders Lindbäck to tie the game at 1-1.
On a costly turnover later in the second period, the Rampage cashed in and took a 2-1 lead. Joonas Lyytinen turned over the puck to Oskar Sundqvist and he quickly zipped it to Reid Petryk all alone in the slot and where he would score with ease for his third goal of the season giving the Rampage a 2-1 lead.
The Admirals struck back just 32 seconds later. Fred Allard gathered the puck at the left point and wired a shot through heavy traffic and Spencer Martin to pick up his third goal of the season and level terms at 2-2.
Anthony Richard was later called for hooking while Félix Girard was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and we had some 4-on-4 hockey. Before the penalties were finished, Nicolas Meloche gave the Rampage a 3-2 lead. Meloche delivered a one-timer from the top of the left-wing circle that found its way past Lindbäck.
In the third period, Mark Zengerle and Harry Zolnierczyk had a two-on-one chance and were able to capitalize. Zolnierczyk passed from the left-wing to Zengerle in front of the net, where Zengerle dove and chipped it over Spencer Martin’s glove to tie the game at 3-3.
With just over five minutes remaining in regulation Girard would score his second goal of the night to put the Rampage back on top 4-3. In a pretty miraculous goal, Girard took a shot from below the goal line in the right wing pocket that managed to glance off the back of Lindbäck and fall into the net. The tally for Girard was his tenth of the season and the third goal scored in two games in Milwaukee since being traded away from the Nashville Predators organization a season ago.
It seemed that the Admirals had run out of time. Lindbäck made his way to the bench with 1:24 remaining in regulation and the Admirals one-timed shots kept missing the mark. Yet, the Admirals captain Trevor Smith saved the day for the Admirals as he scored with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation on a deflection in front of the net. The game-tying goal for Smith went down as his eighth goal of the season.
Importantly, as the Admirals and the 7,839 in attendance were going nuts, the Rampage bench was also going nuts for a different reason. There was some contact proceeding the goal and a possible high-stick on the goal by Smith. That all went uncalled for as the Admirals equalized but what wasn’t uncalled for would be the bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct in the arguing that would come afterwards. This gave the Admirals a power-play late into regulation and would carry into the overtime period.
In overtime, following multiple one-timer setups, Alex Carrier won it for the Admirals after beating Spencer Martin five-hole with his slap shot from the left wing circle. The goal was his third of the season and have the Admirals their third straight win.
The Milwaukee Admirals will be back at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena tomorrow night at 5:00 PM CST for a face-off against the Stockton Heat. They will again face the Rampage this coming Wednesday and then the Texas Stars on Saturday before heading to Manitoba.
Ramblings: Prior to tonight’s game the Milwaukee Admirals recalled defenseman Rick Pinkston from his loan with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. Tonight’s line combinations and defensive pairings were: Zolnierczyk-Zengerle-McNeill, Richard-Pettersson-Gaudreau, Trenin-Smith-Kirkland, Labrie-Army-Moy, Oligny-Dougherty, Lyytinen-Granberg, Allard-Carrier. Tonight’s scratches were: Cody Bass (upper-body), Trevor Mingoia (healthy), Trevor Murphy (upper-body), and Rick Pinkston (healthy).
What were your thought’s on tonight’s game? Can the Admirals continue this recent hot streak? What were your thoughts on the Salute to Nashville festivities?
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