Something Old, Something New in Opening Win
Oct 11, 2008
A nice mixture of new and familiar faces had strong games Saturday as the Milwaukee Admirals downed the San Antonio Rampage, 3-1, at the AT&T Center.
Admirals goalie Drew MacIntyre stopped 16 shots in the first period and finished with 39 saves for the game, earning the night’s first star. It was MacIntyre’s first game as an Admiral after being named an AHL Second-Team All-Star last season for the Manitoba Moose.
Milwaukee started the scoring at 18:56. Mike Santorelli delivered a backhanded pass to Cody Franson at the right point. Franson’s wrist shot was tipped in the slot by Antti Pihlstrom over goalie Al Montoya’s right shoulder. Pihlstrom, who was the final cut by the NHL’s Nashville Predators, led the Admirals with 27 goals last season.
San Antonio knotted the game with a 4-on-4 goal by Garth Murray at 7:28 of the second period. The tie score was short-lived, though.
With Geoff Peters in the penalty box for hooking the Admirals penalty kill was able to add some offense. Cal O’Reilly stole the puck from a Rampage defenseman at the San Antonio blue line, then skated to the left circle before sliding a perfect pass to the right circle for former Rampage forward Josh Gratton. The short-handed goal gave the Admirals the lead and, dating back to last season when he was with Hartford, was the third goal for Gratton in his last three games (one in each) against his former team.
The Admirals scored again at 12:14 of the third period. Mark Matheson passed from the right point to Andreas Thuresson for a one-timer from the left point. The shot was deflected past Montoya by Mike Santorelli. Santorelli also scored in the season opener at Peoria last season.
Milwaukee plays at Houston Monday night. Faceoff is at 7 p.m.