Milwaukee Snaps Skid in Houston
Mar 20, 2010
Goalie Mark Dekanich stopped 31 shots Saturday to lead the Milwaukee Admirals past the Houston Aeros 3-1 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
The only goal the Milwaukee netminder allowed came during a 5-on-3 power play for the Aeros at 10:45 of the third period. The win improved his record to 22-14-4 and snapped a three-game losing streak for the Admirals.
After a scoreless first period, Hugh Jessiman put Milwaukee on the board first with 6:47 remaining in the second period. Jessiman intecepted a pass from Houston's J.P. Testwuide at the Admirals blue line and skated into the Aeros zone along the left wing boards. When Jessiman arrived at the blue line, he turned on the speed and swwoped past Houston defenseman Maxim Noreau to bury his 19th goal of the season past Aeros goalie Anton Khudobin.
The Admirals got what proved to be the game-winning goal at 5:54 of the third period just as a Milwaukee power play ended. Alex Sulzer faked a shot from the left point and skated to the bottom of the left circle after a Houston penalty killer slid by in an attempt to block a shot. Teemu Laakso moved from the right point to the slot and one-timed the Sulzer pass past Khudobin for his second goal of the year. Sulzer and Andreas Thuresson recorded the assists.
Houston's Jean-Michel Daoust put the Aeros on the board with the 5-on-3 goal to make it 2-1, but the Admirals held and scored the final goal with 1:29 to play. Ryan Maki poked the puck off Peter Zingoni's stick at the Houston blue line. Triston Grant slapped the puck to the left corner where Ben Guite tracked it down. Guite fed Maki at the crease for Maki's sixth goal of the season. Guite and Grant notched the helpers.
Milwaukee improved to 6-1-0-0 against Houston in 2009-2010.
Milwaukee finishes the season-series with the Aeros Sunday at 3pm in Houston. The Admirals return home Tues, March 23 to face the Texas Stars at 7 pm. Groups of ten or more receive at least a $2 discount per ticket. Call the Admirals at (414) 227.0550 to take advantage of the group discount, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.