Milwaukee Stampeded by Rampage
San Antonio’s Joey Tenute scored at 1:58 of overtime to lead the Rampage to a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals Wednesday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Milwaukee rushed into the offensive zone after Tenute missed converting a 2-on-1 just moments before he actually scored the game winner. As the puck ended up in the Rampage slot, a pokecheck by Sean Sullivan got the puck free to Bill Thomas. Thomas pass from the right wing boards found Tenute for the game winner.
The goal spoiled a great night for Admirals goalie Dov Grumet-Morris. Grumet-Morris stopped 50 of 53 shots in the overtime loss. Milwaukee totaled 23 shots, just three in the second period. San Antonio had 17 shots in each of the regulation periods.
Milwaukee got on the board first in the game. With former Admirals forward Chris Durno in the penalty box for high sticking, Milwaukee’s Jason Guerriero fed the puck to Cal O’Reilly behind the Rampage net. O’Reilly flipped a pass to Josh Langfeld on the left post for the tap-in at 15:49 of the first. The goal was Langfeld’s 20th of the season, sixth on the power play. O’Reilly and Guerriero notched the helpers.
The Rampage knotted the game with a 5-on-3 power play goal by Jon DiSalvatore. Thomas’ shot from the right circle was turned aside by Grumet-Morris to the left circle where DiSalvatore put the rebound in for his 19th of the season at 14:15 of the second period.
Despite the fact San Antonio spent the bulk of the second and the start of the third in Milwaukee’s end, the Admirals took the lead when goalie Al Montoya misplayed the puck behind the Rampage net. The puck came to Andreas Thuresson in the right circle. Rather than shoot, Thuresson made a pass to Matt Ellison in the left circle for an easy tally. The goal was Ellison’s team-leading 25th of the season with assists to Thuresson and Alex Henry at 9:36 of the third.
The Rampage pulled Montoya with just over a minute remaining in the game. With the extra attacker, San Antonio got the puck deep into the Milwaukee zone. DiSalvatore threw a shot on goal from the right corner that bounced off Grumet-Morris into the net to tie the game with only 57 seconds left in regulation.
The overtime loss gives Milwaukee 88 points and places the Admirals in a three-way tie for third in the West Division with Houston and San Antonio. Peoria is in sixth place in the division with 81 points. Hamilton, the fourth place team in the North Division, was eliminated from the playoff race with Milwaukee, the Aeros and Rampage all with points on Wednesday. One of the four West teams mentioned above will cross over to the North for the playoffs.
Milwaukee's magic number to clinch a playoff spot is seven points. That's any combination of Milwaukee points earned and Peoria points lost.
Milwaukee and San Antonio meet again at the AT&T Center Friday night. Faceoff is at 7 p.m.