Grand Theft Griffins Steal Both Home Games; Ads lose 2-1


The Milwaukee Admirals lost 2-1 against the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

A controversial “no goal” call in tonight’s game was the lone difference in Game Two. It looked as if Max Görtz made it a 2-1 game in the second period only to have the goal waved off for goaltender interference. The replay showed zero contact with Tom McCollum in net. In fact, no one was really even close to him. The Admirals would get a power-play goal in the third period from Vladislav Kamenev to legitimately make it 2-1 but the game stayed right there until the final horn.

“I get that I can look up there and I see the video, and the referee doesn’t have that option, we come in after the period and I can solidify what I saw,” commented Milwaukee Admirals head coach of the no goal call. “I guess the bottom line is it’s a shame that the ref can’t see the video too. We’re the second best league in the world and the referee should be able to go over there and look at that. And we don’t. It makes no sense. It makes absolutely no sense. I’m just talking to our goaltending coach Dave Rook and he’s like, “In the OHL they can do it – in the American League you can’t do it.” In a playoff game in the second best league in the world we can’t look and see if the call was correct? It doesn’t make any sense. It’s hard to take. It’s disappointing.”

The Admirals now trail the Griffins 2-0 in the series and need to do something they haven’t done all season long – win in Grand Rapids. They will need to do that twice in order to host Game Five in Milwaukee.

Despite a very strong start for the Admirals out of the gate it would be the Griffins getting on the scoreboard first. Patrick Mullen was called for a slash that gave the Griffins a power-play to work with. Martin Frk hammered a slap shot low and the save off the pads of Juuse Saros spilled right in front of the crease. In the scramble to get the puck away from the net Kristian Näkyvä kicked the puck with his skate and gave the puck right to Anthony Mantha for what would be a tap-in to make it 1-0.

Another power-play goal for the Griffins came in the second period. Following an Admirals power-play that went bust Jamie Devane was called for a high sticking minor. The Griffins then put the Admirals penalty kill in a spin cycle and opened up space for Tyler Bertuzzi to score a one-timer for his third goal of the playoffs.

A massive controversial moment came in the closing stages of the second period. Corey Potter let a slap shot loose from the right point and it deflected in off Max Görtz for what appeared to be a clear cut goal. It was instantly waved off and the explanation from the officiating crew was that there was goaltender inference on the play.

“What I see was, I see [Andy Miele], he’s a weak guy I think so and I went in there and pushed him away,” said Max Görtz. “I didn’t think I touched [Tom McCollum].”

The only part of an Admirals body near Tom McCollum in net was Görtz’s right skate in the top of the blue paint which came as he turned around to follow the puck into the net. The rest was purely a phantom call as traffic surrounded the front of the net. There was no contact. And the goal was disallowed with goaltender interference not being able to be reviewed in the AHL. The second period ended with a 2-0 Griffins lead and a massive roar of boo birds from the fans to the officials.

“When the ref came over I just asked him,” said Evason of talking to the officials about the decision for a no goal call. “I was watching the replay as he was talking I said, [Jarrod Ragusin] just talk and I’ll watch it. He said, “100% his foot is in the crease and he obstructs with the goalie.” And as I’m watching it his foot is not in the crease and he does not obstruct with the goaltender trying to kick his leg out to make a save. It’s a goal. Simple as that.”

Just past the midway point of the third period the Admirals were able to net a good goal which came from their fifth power-play chance of the night. Vladislav Kamenev was able to take a feed from Frédérick Gaudreau, whirl around in front of the net, and stuff five-hole on McCollum to score his first goal of the playoffs and draw the Admirals back within a goal.

With 1:47 remaining the Admirals pulled Saros to bring the extra attacker on. They then earned an in-zone face-off with 1:26 remaining and burned their timeout. They were unable to make anything happen with the net emptied and extra attacker situation and fell 2-1 to the Griffins. The difference, some could argue, was the no goal call which was the difference in the hockey game tonight.

“It’s tough, obviously,” said Görtz. “When you know it’s a good goal it’s tough. 2-1 there and go into this period we score one and we’d be in OT now probably. It’s tough, but you have to just let it go and still go hard. We were so close at the end. So, we’re working down there now so next game is our’s.”

Ramblings: Prior to tonight’s game the Milwaukee Admirals signed goaltender Janne Juvonen and defenseman Joonas Lyytinen both to PTO Contracts. Also of note, though not made official until game time due to his inclusion, the Nashville Predators assigned their first selection from the 2015 NHL Draft Yakov Trenin to the Admirals. The Russian forward made his professional playing debut tonight. Tonight’s line combinations were: Reinhart-Gaudreau-Åberg, Fiala-Kamenev-Payerl, White-Girard-Görtz, Richard-Trenin-Devane, Oligny-Potter, Näkyvä-Elliott, Murphy-Mullen. Tonight’s scratches were: Jack Dougherty (healthy), Zac Larraza (healthy), Joe Pendenza (healthy) Janne Juvonen (healthy), Joonas Lyytinen (healthy), Aaron Irving (healthy), and Alexandre Carrier (healthy).

How poor has the officiating been in this series? What will the Milwaukee Admirals need to do in Grand Rapids to survive this series?

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7 Responses to Grand Theft Griffins Steal Both Home Games; Ads lose 2-1

  1. Onetimer says:

    The last time I’ll pound on the glass at the B.C.

  2. frontrowjon says:

    That call was trash. And the immediate no call on Aberg getting tripped was also pathetic. This game should be I. OT as I post this. We played better than game 1. I feel this game perhaps series could be a little different if Aaronson was playing. Really hope we find out what his situation is at some point. His Assists came alot from shot he took that got deflected or rebounded in. Missing him hurts and it seems this team loves passing and doesn’t shoot enough. What a shame this season felt special but it’s gonna be another one n done…… Ugh

  3. adsfan says:

    Referee Tim Mayer #19. He has done a good job most of the games that I have seen him work in Milwaukee. Tonight he was below average. I give him a 4 of 10 overall.

    Referee Jarrod Ragusin #2. At his best, he is a poor ref. Tonight he was grossly incompetent. I give him a 2 out of 10. I am going to write a letter to King David suggesting that Ragusin be fired.

    Having the refs average a 3 out of 10 for a playoff game is unacceptable! This is pro hockey, not some beer league in Saskatoon! Bush league refs lead to bad outcomes. Ragusin is BUSH!!!
    Ragusin is persona non grata in Milwaukee. Congrats, you joined Derek Martin from 1990 in the refereeing Hall of Shame. That game resulted in a riot by the fans. I rated that as a ZERO.

    First Period. The refs did a poor job of calls and non-calls.
    Felix Girard was held on the side boards in front of the Grand Rapids bench for what seemed like 15 to 20 seconds. There was no call despite Ragusin looking at the mugging that was going on. The puck was behind the Grand Rapids goal while this was going on. I had a chance to speak to John Bitter of the Admirals after the period. He asked me “What was going on over there?” referring to the whole mess with Girard.

    Second Period. The refs were[B] HORRIBLE![/B] It is called stealing a paycheck.
    With 3:26 remaining in the period, the Admirals scored. Ragusin waved the goal off. They showed replays from 2 different angles on the scoreboard. From one angle, you could see an Admiral skate just into the blue of the crease. The player was leaning away from goalie Tom McCollum. He was being pushed towards the goalie by a Griffin player. The second angle clearly showed No CONTACT between the Admirals player and the goalie. The two refs discussed the call for at least a minute. They never looked at a replay. The goal was waved off. For the remainder of the period, the fans loudly chanted “Refs you suck!” This was as loud as the crowd cheers for a Milwaukee goal. Two Admirals security people and one Milwaukee Police officer came down by the runway that the Griffins and the on ice officials use to exit the ice. Nothing was thrown but some harsh language. The police officer was laughing some of the time.

    Period Three: If you have ever watched the movie Slap Shot, then you saw already know what happened in this period. There is no point in describing it for you.

    My wife rarely says anything about the officiating. Tonight she said that Grands Rapids should have been called for 6 or 7 more penalties then what was called.

    This was probably the last Admirals game in the 27.5 year history of the Bradley Center. It is a shame to lose the game on a call that was obviously wrong!

  4. Mgb says:

    The officiating thus far in the series has been horrible. From the call against Potter last night to the “no goal” call tonight, horrible is the best way to describe it. It must be hard to officiate a game with your head up your backside. Potter had his helmet elbowed off his head and was mugged into the boards last night and tonight the “no goal ” call on what was clearly a good goal, pathetic officiating. I hope the league reviews these bozos and takes disciplinary action. It is customary to get an occasional “nuts and bolts, we got screwed ” chant or “I’m blind and deaf I wanna be a ref “, but for a deafening “ref you suck” chant, it was bad. I hope we get better officials in Grand Rapids.
    Now that I have blamed the refs, I think the Ads are not playing with a desire to win. Maybe a motivational speech about how the Bradley Center got built and why, not to mention the Jane Bradley Pettit Rink name is there would have been nice. Since most of the team was not even born when this arena was built, they should know how nice it would be to leave it as Calder Cup Champions!

  5. Steve C says:

    Refs aside, what happened to this team? For the past month prior to the last two games of the season, the team was rolling. We were skating hard, fighting for pucks in the corners, and just outworking every opponent. All of a sudden we are standing around, being over powered, not controlling the puck, making poor passes, not accepting passes, and all around remaining stationary and playing zones on each end of the ice.

    Did you notice that Grand Rapids was moving guys around all over the place on their PP’s? Guys cycled around and found open spots on the ice. On ours, we took our zones and tried to make the right passes to get open shooting lanes. Meanwhile, Grand Rapids defenders seemed to play a man-on-man style defense. Their top two defenders were pressuring our pointmen and not sitting back in a zone scheme.

    I thought Fiala had a bad game. He seemed to revert back to the single minded player, trying to do too much on his own. Lots of bad passes. Lots of bad solo attempts to bring the puck into the offensive zone. Misplayed a lot of pucks. Just a poor night for him.

    Trenin was interesting. I hope he’s here next year. Richard is FAST!!

    Grand Rapids sort of reminds me of Hershey’s team the year we lost the cup. Hershey was such a large team and basically just overpowered us and won the series by winning the physical game. The only difference was they weren’t really “dirty” like Grand Rapids (all the extracurricular stuff after whistles).

    This team really misses Cody Bass and Taylor Aronson. :(

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