Milwaukee Wins in OT
Nov 28, 2008
The Milwaukee Admirals celebrated Thanksgiving in Houston for the fourth time in the last five years. Friday night, the Admirals celebrated a win, downing the Aeros in overtime, 2-1.
Forward Ryan Jones scored the game winner at 3:39 of overtime. Mike Santorelli and Mark Matheson both got a piece of a shot from Peter Olvecky in the deep slot of Milwaukee's zone. The deflection went to Jones on the left wing and he outskated Aeros defensmen Tomas Mojzis to score a goal with a backhanded shot between the legs of Houston goalie Nolan Schaefer. It was Jones' second goal with the Admirals in just his fourth game. The game also marked the return of Jones to Houston. The former Minnesota Wild draft pick played four regular season games and the playoffs for the Aeros last season before the Admirals parent club, Nashville, acquired him in a trade this past summer.
Milwaukee goalie Drew MacIntyre was a seam in the glass shy of his second shutout of the season. At the start of the third period, with Houston's Brandon Rogers in the penalty box for 25 seconds, the Aeros won the opening faceoff. Defenseman Clayton Stoner cleared the puck from his blue line off the left win glass. With MacIntyre retreating behind the net in anticipation of playing the puck, the puck hit a seam in the glass and caromed into an empty net to give the Aeros a 1-0 lead at :06 of the third.
Milwaukee nearly tied the game midway through the third period when Mike Santorelli fired a shot from the right circle that beat Schaefer. However, the shot hit the inside of the left post and bounced out.
Santorelli came back to score the Admirals first goal of the night at 14:01 of the third period. Tim Ramholt passed the puck from the right point to the left. Teemu Laakso's shot was saved by Schaefer but went to Santorelli for the putback. It was Santorelli's fourth goal of the season. The goal was Milwaukee's first againt Houston this season. The Admirals had been shutout, 3-0, Oct. 13 by the Aeros.
There were two goals disallowed by the referee in the game. In the first period, Houston's Krys Kolanos tried a wraparound move but the net was knocked off its moorings.
The Admirals lost a goal in the second period. It appeared Hugh Jessiman had banged the puck into the net, but the referee waved it off, even though the goal judge turned the red light on to signal the puck crossed the goal line.
Milwaukee has won five of its last six games and is 8-2 in its last ten. Milwaukee is 10-3 since opening the season with a 1-4-0-1 mark. With 23 points, Milwaukee is now just three points behind first place Chicago and Milwaukee has played two fewer games.
Milwaukee and the Aeros play for the final time in Houston this season Sunday at 4:00 p.m.