Call it puck luck, call it a game of inches, and call it a loss tonight.
Five Admiral shots hit metal behind Grand Rapids goaltender Tom McCollum, as the Griffins defeated the Admirals 3-2 on Saturday night.
After a Zack Stortini goal tied the game early in the 2nd period, a Griffins power play goal with 15 seconds left in the frame gave Grand Rapids the lead they would not give up.
The Admirals had just killed off a stretch of 5-on-3 power play time, but couldn’t finish off the second penalty, as defenseman Brian Lashoff’s shot beat Jeremy Smith.
Eight minutes into the 3rd period, the Griffins extended their lead to two goals, as former Badger Brendan Smith’s shot trickled through Smitty’s legs.
With Jeremy Smith pulled for the extra attacker late in the 3rd period, Chris Mueller scored a milestone goal to bring the Admirals back within one. Working down low in front of goaltender Tom McCollum, Mueller’s shot went high over the goaltender’s glove. It was his 50th goal as an Admiral and 100th point as an Admiral.
– Robert Slaney got his first point as an Admiral, assisting on Stortini’s goal by intercepting a pass McCollum tried to make behind the net. Slaney’s pass to Stortini in the slot led to the goal.
– Mark Van Guilder was whistled for hooking….only his second penalty of the season. It snapped a 25 infractionless game streak.
– Ads were 0-4 on the power play, and killed off 3 of 4 Griffins chances.
– That’s all for the season series. Ads finish 2-2. Griffins officially win the series, going 2-1-0-1, getting five points.
– Milwaukee finishes 2011 with a 44-24-5 record. Pretty good.
– 5pm game on New Years Day against the Rivermen at the Bradley Center.