Ads Fall in Shoot-out to Rampage
San Antonio, TX--Goalie Rob Madore stopped 16 of 18 shots in relief of the starter and five of six in the shootout to lead the San Antonio Rampage past the Milwaukee Admirals, 5-4, Thursday night.
It was Milwaukee’s second shootout loss this season, both have been in San Antonio.
Miikka Salomaki was the lone Admirals player in six shooters to put the puck past Rampage goalie Madore.
Hannu Toivonen took the shootout loss in his Admirals debut. He replaced an injured Magnus Hellberg with 3.8 seconds left in overtime and didn’t face a shot in that span. He stopped four of six in the shootout. Vincent Trocheck and Logan Shaw scored in the shootout for the Rampage.
San Antonio got on the board with a power play goal at 6:59 of the first. Joey Crabb was able to deflect Matt Gilroy’s shot from the right circle past Hellberg to give the Rampage the 1-0 lead. The goal was San Antonio’s first power play goal in ten attempts against the Admirals this season.
Rampage center Wade Megan gave his team a two-goal edge with a shot from the left faceoff dot that flew over the right shoulder of Hellberg at 14:01 of the first period.
The Admirals finally got on the board at 16:32 of the first period. Joonas Rask threw a check on a Rampage defenseman in the right wing corner of the San Antonio zone. The puck was freed and found Mike Liambas who sent a backhanded pass to the crease for Mathieu Tousignant to tap in for his third goal of the season.
The Admirals tied the game when Kevin Henderson buried a rebound of an Austin Watson shot at 5:50 of the second period for his fifth goal of the season. The play started when Anthony Bitetto sent a pass from the Admirals left circle to Watson at the red line on the right wing. Watson skated to the top of the right circle and fired a low shot off the right pad of Rampage goalie Jacob Markstrom that bounced right to Henderson. The goal gave Henderson his 50th career point as an Admiral.
Crabb reclaimed the lead for the Rampage with another power play goal, this one at 8:30 of the second period. Crabb’s low shot from the slot beat Hellberg past his left skate.
San Antonio made a goaltending change at the start of the third period when Rob Madore replaced Markstrom. Milwaukee tied the game with a power play goal at 1:20 of the third period. Simon Moser received a pass on the right post from Salomaki and slid a pass across the crease to the left post for Taylor Beck to plant. It was Beck’s 11th goal of the season, sixth with the man advantage.
Moser gave Milwaukee its first lead of the game at 8:07 of the third period when he buried a feed from Beck for his seventh goal of the season. The assist moved Beck, with 106 career points, past Scottie Upshall on the Admirals AHL scoring list into 13th place. Bitetto recorded the other helper.
Just 41 seconds later, former Nashville forward Bobby Butler banged a loose puck into the net to knot the score at four.
The Admirals remain on the road for the next two games. Milwaukee will play back-to-back games in Oklahoma City Saturday and Sunday. The Admirals next home game will be against the Toronto Marlies Tues, Jan. 21 at 7:00 pm.
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