Fiala Gets the GWG on Penalty Shot in Third
Milwaukee, WI – The Admirals exploded for three goals in less than three minutes in the third period as they took a 5-1 win over the San Antonio Rampage Wednesday night at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
Kevin Fiala finished the night with a goal and an assist and earned the game-winner via a penalty shot mid-way through the third period. Freddy Gaudreau also chipped in a goal and an assist on the night.
Sent down from Nashville earlier in the week, Juuse Saros was solid in net for Milwaukee, stopping 25shots to run his record to 13-2 this season for the Ads.
While the Admirals would earn the win, it was the Rampage who took an early lead and it came from a familiar face. Former Admiral Felix Girard, who was traded to the Colorado organization six weeks ago, to get some revenge on his old team as he scored on a one-time from the left circle just 57 seconds into the game.
Not to be outdone, Girard’s good friend and fellow Quebec native Freddy Gaudreau tied up the score for Milwaukee at the 5:09 mark of the first. The play started in the corner when Trevor Smith dished the puck to Matt White on the goal line. White found a streaking Gaudreau who took two strides and beat Spencer Martin top shelf for his 11th goal of the season.
After a scoreless second period, Kevin Fiala was hooked from behind on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. He wove slowly through the San Antonio zone drawing Martin out of his net before lifting a forehand over the Rampage goalie’s pad to give the Ads a 2-1 lead at 8:19 of the third.
Less than a minute later, Adam Payerl continued to have the hot stick, scoring his fourth goal in as many games of a beauty of a feed from Vladislav Kamenev to make it 3-1 Milwaukee.
The Ads struck again, this time on the power-play, via some tic-tac-toe passing that resulted in Mike Ribiero’s first goal as an Admiral to push their lead to 4-1 with 8:53 to play in the game. Fiala and Pontus Aberg assisted on the play.
Trevor Murphy finished the scoring with his 11th goal of the season with 39 seconds remaining in the game.
Milwaukee penalty kill unit was impressive on the night, killing off all four Rampage PP chances, including 47 seconds of 5-on-3 times.
The Admirals are back in action on Friday night when they host the Charlotte Checkers at 7 pm at Panther Arena.