Sulzer's a Shooting Star
Feb 21, 2008
Alex Sulzer scored a power play goal at 4:59 of overtime to give the Admirals a 5-4 overtime win at Iowa against the Stars Thursday.
Sulzer’s shot from above the right circle trickled across the goal line a split second before the forn sounded to end the overtime session. Matt Ellison and Rich Peverley notched the assists.
It was Sulzer who was tripped at neutral ice with 90 seconds to go by Iowa’s James Neal. Neal went to the box and the Ads got the win.
Peverley finished with a goal and three assists. Cal O’Reilly and Ellison extended their games streak with points to six games each.
The win extends the Ads points streak to six games (5-0-1-0).
In his Milwaukee debut, goalie Dov Grumet-Morris stopped 19 of 23 Iowa shots.
The Stars took the lead at 4:47 of the first period when James Neal completed a nice rush for Iowa with a shot that beat Grumet-Morris to the stick side for a 1-0 Stars lead. It was Neal’s ninth goal of the season.
Milwaukee tied the game at 7:14 of the first with a good rush of its own. Antti Pihlstrom passed from the right wing wall at the Milwaukee blue line to Rich Peverley on the left wing boards. Peverley, with defenseman Bryan Schmidt skating up the middle of the ice, crossed the Stars blue line and drew the defender to him. He then flipped a backhanded pass to Schmidt who converted for his third goal of the season. Peverley and Pihlstrom notched assists.
Iowa’s Konstantin Pushkarev showed a strong individual effort to help the Stars take the lead at 11:58. Pushkarev made a strong move from the right wing circle in Milwaukee’s zone into the slot. With a delayed penalty coming against the Admirals, Pushkarev drew the Milwaukee defense with him to the left circle. He then slid a pass back to the right for Marty Sertich to bury for his 18th goal of the season.
The Stars claimed a 3-1 lead when B.J. Crombeen fed Janos Vas at the Admirals goal mouth. Crombeen checked Alex Sulzer in the right corner of the Milwaukee zone, then passed the puck to Vas, all alone I nfront of Grumet-Morris at 5:32.
Iowa scored its fourth on a quick shot from Dan Jancevski while Iowa was on the power play. Perttu Lindgren’s pass from the right circle found Jancevski for the tap from the left circle at 15:18.
The Ads finally got things going with 6:26 to go. John Laliberte spun clockwise in the slot and fired a shot past Iowa’s goalie Tobias Stephan for his second of the season. Janne Niskala and Peverley recorded assists.
Peverley scored his tenth of the year with a rush up the left wall. He was able, from beyond the goal line, to tuck the puck past Stephan to get Milwaukee within one at 15:19. Jason Guerriero got the lone assist.
With 66 seconds left, Grumet-Morris went to the bench for an extra attacker. John Vigilante fired a pass from the right corner into the slot where Alex Henry knocked it into the net for his third of the year. The goal was scored with 50.7 seconds left in regulation time and tied the game at four. Vigilante and O’Reilly recorded the assists.
The Admirals host Rockford Friday night at 7 p.m. The first 5,000 fans will receive a fun bobblehead doll of Nashville emerging star Ryan Suter, courtesy of Aurora Sports Medicine. The University of Wisconsin Band will also be in attendance at the game, presented by Reinhart Partners. They will be performing in the seating bowl throughout the game. Also, take to the ice after the game to get your pictures taken with your favorite Admirals as part of the Badger Mutual & Anderson Insurance Camera Night.