Ads Hammer Aeros, Force Game 7
May 11, 2009
Milwaukee, WI– Aided by goals from seven different players and 21 saves by goaltender Drew MacIntyre, the Milwaukee Admirals pasted the Houston Aeros 7-0 in game six of the West Division Finals Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.
The win forces a game seven in the series this Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center. It will be just the sixth game seven in team history and the first to come later than the first round. The Ads owning a 2-3 record in their previous game seven affairs, including a 2-1 mark on home ice.
The last game seven was for Milwaukee was in the 2006 West Division Semifinals against Iowa when the Admirals topped the Stars 4-1 to move on to face Houston in the next round.
“I thought we played hard, I thought we played well,” said Head Coach Lane Lambert. “7-0, 1-0, it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is that we live to fight another day, and that’s what we have to do.” We have to take the good things we did from this game and learn from some of the things we maybe didn’t like so much and learn to be ready for game 7.”
Hugh Jessiman made it clear that the Admirals didn’t want the series to end early and put the team up 1-0 in the first. At 7:34, he received a pass from Patric Hornqvist from behind the net and quickly fired a snap shot that awkwardly went under the glove of Houston’s netminder Anton Khudobin. It was Jessiman’s 2nd goal of the playoffs, and it came at a crucial time.
Robert Dietrich made it 2-0 when he raced down the left wing side and rocketed a slapshot from the top of the leftwing circle. The goal that put the Admirals up 2-0 was recorded at 12:52 of the 1st period and was unassisted.
After letting in two goals, the Aeros switched netminders, putting in Nolan Schaefer, their former Houston starter who has been out all of the-post season with an injury. But Schaefer suffered the same fate as Khudobin, allowing five goals on 23 shots the rest of the way.
The third goal of the night was tallied by Patric Hornqvist, who skated the puck in through traffic in the right wing side and took a shot that was blocked by Schaefer. However, he was able to follow his own shot and backhand a rebound past the netminder for his third goal of the playoffs to give his team a 3-0 lead before the 1st intermission.
Milwaukee got second period goals by Bryan Smolinski, Mike Santorelli, and Cody Franson to build a 6-0 lead after two periods before Ryan Maki finished the scored for Milwaukee at 17:51 of the third after Nick Spaling hit the both posts and the rebound popped out to Maki who was able to flick the puck behind him an into the net.
Robert Dietrich had a season high four points with a goal and three assists, while Franson, Spaling, and Hornqvist all chipped in a two points. The shutout was the first of the post-season for MacIntyre after he has allowed one goal in a game six times.
“It’s nice to see the guy (Dietrich) elevate his game. He’s got responsibility and he’s taking control of it. He’s on a team that allows you to grow as a player,” added Lambert.
One thing the Admirals will certainly have to work on for game seven is staying out of the penalty box. The team allowed eight power-plays by Houston, but managed to kill off all eight.
“I thought we took too many penalties tonight,” says Lambert. “We can’t kill this many penalties and expect a win every night.”
Tickets for game seven are will go on sale now at the Admirals office (510 W. Kilbourn Ave), all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, and by calling (800) 745-3000. Groups of ten or more still get a minimum of $2 off the price of each ticket. For more information on group tickets or to book a group fans should call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.