Milwaukee Swept in San Antonio
David Spina scored two goals and added an assist to lead the San Antonio Rampage to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals Friday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.
The Rampage win, coupled with Houston’s 4-1 win at Grand Rapids ties San Antonio and the Aeros for third in the West Division with 90 points. Milwaukee is all alone in fifth place with 88 points. Peoria, which fell at Iowa 5-3, is in sixth place with 81 points.
The magic number of points for Milwaukee to clinch a playoff spot is now five. That’s a combination of Admirals points earned and Rivermen points lost.
After the teams battled to a scoreless draw after the first period, San Antonio got on the board at 6:40 of the second when Spina banged a rebound past goalie Dov Grumet-Morris.
Milwaukee tied the game just 23 seconds later when Cal O’Reilly stickhandled into the right corner then, as he was moving to the net, flipped a pass into the slot for Josh Langfeld’s one-time goal. It was Langfeld’s 21st of the season. O’Reilly and Jason Guerriero notched the assists.
The Rampage took the lead for good at 12:18 of the second when Cam Paddock beat Grumet-Morris from a sharp angle in the left circle for a 2-1 advantage.
San Antonio scored again with 1:17 left in the period when Spina finished a pretty passing play that started behind the Milwaukee net with Bill Thomas. Thomas’ feed to Joey Tenute was quickly sent in front to Spina for the easy tap-in.
The Rampage scored their fourth goal at 16:18 of the third when Jon DiSalvatore buried a pass from Tenute to complete a 2-on-1 rush.
Milwaukee got one back, however, with a power play goal at 17:43 of the third. Paddock went to the box for cross-checking and the Admirals called their timeout. On the ensuing faceoff, Milwaukee had an extra attacker on the ice because the team pulled Grumet-Morris. With a 6-on-4 power play, Antti Pihlstrom deflected Cody Franson’s shot from the right point between the legs of San Antonio netminder Al Montoya for his 25th goal of the season. It was his eighth on the power play. Franson and O’Reilly recorded the assists.
Milwaukee hosts Houston Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The first 3,500 fans will receive a bobblehead of Admirals great Phil Wittliff courtesy of M&I Bank. The Admirals will wear Heroes specialty jerseys and the Happy Trumpeter, Claude Scott, will be in the stands entertaining fans.