Milwaukee Falls in Shootout
Mar 8, 2009
Patric Hornqvist scored a goal in his seventh consecutive game, but it wasn’t enough as Milwaukee fell in a shootout at Quad City Sunday night, 4-3.
Justin Bowers scored a goal in regulation and in the 15th round of the shootout to give the win to the Flames.
Despite the loss, Milwaukee earned a point and has a 16-point edge on second-place Houston, 87-71.
Hornqvist tied the game at 7:37 of the third period when he was the beneficiary of a diving play to hold the zone by Kelsey Wilson. Wilson got the puck to Cal O’Reilly on the left post. The Flames defense pursued and O’Reilly made a between-the-legs pass to Hornqvist for an easy goal, his 16th of the season.
Milwaukee got on the board first when Hugh Jessiman tucked in a backhander past goalie Leland Irving for his 17th goal of the season. The puck was deflected by a falling Flames defenseman, Gord Baldwin, to Jessiman who went to the net alone from the top of the left circle. Mike Santorelli and Nolan Yonkman were awarded assists on the goal at 6:09 of the first period.
The Flames tied the game with a power play goal at 18:21 of the first. With Yonkman in the box for high-sticking, Quad City forward Kyle Greentree was able to put a rebound of a John Vigilante shot into the net. It was Greentree’s 32nd goal of the season, 17th on the power play.
The Flames took a 2-1 lead at 3:55 of the second when Hugo Carpentier deflected Brandon Roach’s shot from the right point past Mark Dekanich. Quad City made it 3-1 at 9:57 when Bowers put a rebound of a John Armstrong shot into the cage.
Milwaukee cut the deficit to one when Yonkman’s slapshot from the middle of the blue line beat Irving over his left glove. Alex Sulzer kept the puck alive at the left point and dished to Mike Santorelli. Santorelli, under pressure, found Yonkman for the quick shot and goal, his third of the season, at 13:20.
In the shootout, Milwaukee’s Mike Santorelli scored first but was matched by Vigilante. Robert Dietrich scored in the third round to give Milwaukee a 2-1 edge that held until the final regulation shooter, Adam Cracknell, scored for the Flames to force sudden death. Neither team scored until James Sixsmith scored in the tenth round to give the Admirals a 3-2 edge, but Armstrong knotted it in the bottom of the tenth. Bowers was the next to score, not until the 15th round.
Dekanich made 25 saves in the loss.
The Admirals continue a five-game road trip Wednesday at Rockford at 7:05 against the IceHogs. The team doesn’t return home until Friday, March 20th at 7:00 pm against the Lake Erie Monsters. Fans can buy tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of ten or more people receive a minimum of $2 off of each ticket. For more information or to order group tickets call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.