Admirals Split Weekend in Houston
Nov 30, 2008
Aeros forward Krys Kolanos scored on a breakaway at 11:08 of the third period for the game-winner in a 4-2 win over the Admirals Sunday at Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
Milwaukee's Steve Werner tried to pass to defenseman Mark Matheson at the point but Kolanos intercepted the pass and went the length of the ice, beating goalie Drew MacIntyre with a low wristshot.
The Admirals led for the first half of the game in what was a very physical contest. Three fights took place in the first 30 minutes of the game. The first just 1:45 into the first period between Milwaukee's Triston Grant and the Aeros Maxim Noreau. Milwaukee's Hugh Jessiman fought Matt Kassian and Scott Ford tangled with Houston's Morten Madsen.
With Milwaukee defenseman Tim Ramholt in the penalty box, it was Milwaukee getting on the board first at 2:38 of the opening period. A blocked shot led to a rush for the Admirals Mike Santorelli and Ryan Jones. Jones shot was saved by goalie Nolan Schaefer, but Santorelli put the rebound in for his fifth goal of the season and first career shorthanded tally. Santorelli has goals in four straight games for the Admirals and points in seven straight. Houston, however, tied the game just 48 seconds later on the same power play when Corey Locke fired a wristshot over MacIntyre's left hand.
At 7:37 of the first, Milwaukee took the lead when Kelsey Wilson pounded a rebound past Schaefer for his third goal of the season and second on the power play. Santorelli and Alex Sulzer recorded the assists.
With 10:47 left in the opening stanza, the Aeros replaced Schaefer with Barry Brust. Schaefer faced 12 Admirals shots in the first 9:13 of the game. The move seemed to tighten up the rest of the defense because Brust faced just one more shot in the first period, five in the second and eight in the third.
Houston tied the game on a John Lammers goal at 14:41 of the second period and Locke added another goal with 62 seconds left in the game to close the scoring.
MacIntyre atopped 32 of 36 shots in the loss.
The Admirals play at Hamilton Thursday.