The Milwaukee Admirals came back with four unanswered goals to win 4-3 on the road against the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Van Andel Arena on Wednesday night.
This game was looking like a typical Admirals trip into Grand Rapids. The Griffins had a 2-0 lead early and had a great effort in net from Jared Coreau. However, the Admirals scored four successive goals including three goals scored in the third period to comeback and beat the Griffins in their own barn.
It would be the Griffins getting on the board early in the first period. Eric Tangradi managed to get a puck across the crease from the left wing to pick out Ben Street at the back-post. It was effectively a tap in for Street to record his seventh goal of the season and put the Griffins ahead 1-0 inside six minutes of play.
In the second period the Admirals found themselves in penalty trouble. The Griffins had 1:28 of five-on-three power-play time to work with after penalties against Emil Pettersson and Bobby Butler. It gave the platform for Matt Puempel to continue his molten hot run in the AHL this season. A puck fell loose to him in the slot and he would label a wrister just over the right pad of Anders Lindbäck to score his fifteenth goal of the season.
Butler would get the opportunity to redeem himself later in the second period. Alex Carrier was able to thread a pass from the right point and into Butler’s wheelhouse on the left wing face-off dot. Butler hammered a slap shot past Jared Coreau for his eighteenth goal of the season and cut the Griffins lead to 2-1.
Butler’s efforts weren’t done. In the third period, following a high-sticking minor against Zolnierczyk, Butler was off to the races between the Griffins blueliners for a shorthanded breakaway. He went backhand-forehand and snapped a shot over the glove of Coreau to tie thing game up with his second goal of the night and nineteenth goal of the season.
Zolnierczyk also factored into the third period surge for the Admirals. A puck would skip up on zone entry and Zolnierczyk stopped around the right wing circle, decided to spin around and take a shot on net, and his wrister spanked off the near post beyond the glove of Coreau and in. Zolnierczyk’s fourteenth goal of the season gave the Admirals their first lead of the night at 3-2.
The Admirals would make it four unanswered goals with their third goal scored in the third period. After a face-off win Trevor Murphy threw a low wrist shot from the left point that slowly made its way on target. Coreau looked as though he followed it the entire way in but it trickled through his pads and into the net. Murphy’s fifth goal of the season gave the Admirals a 4-2 lead.
Coreau would make his way to the bench with just over two-minutes remaining in regulation to get the Griffins the extra attacker on the ice. They would managed to find one more goal with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Matthew Ford whipped a shot from the left wing that ricocheted off the net front presence of Tangradi and in. Tangradi had his thirteenth goal of the season but the Griffins would run out of time.
Lindbäck stopped 28/31 shots on goal in his return to action for the Admirals. He was matched with a high level effort from Coreau that only saw the wheels fall off in the third period.
These two are back at it again on Friday night at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The Admirals will then be on the road Saturday night when they face-off against the Iowa Wild.
Ramblings: Since the Milwaukee Admirals played on Sunday night there were a few roster moves made. The Nashville Predators recalled Juuse Saros and Frédérick Gaudreau. They then reassigned Anders Lindbäck to the Admirals and Matt O’Connor to the Quad City Mallards (ECHL). Jake Paterson was then recalled to the Admirals as he and O’Connor switched places. Tonight’s line combinations and defensive pairings were: Zolnierczyk-Smith-Butler, Richard-Zengerle-Mingoia, Kirkland-Pettersson-Moy, Labrie-Bass-Army, Oligny-Carrier, Murphy-Granberg, Allard-Dougherty. Tonight’s scratches were: Tyler Kelleher (lower-body), Joonas Lyytinen (healthy), Andrew O’Brien (healthy), and Yakov Trenin (upper-body).
What were your thoughts on tonight’s game? How huge is this for the Milwaukee Admirals to get a win like this against the Grand Rapids Griffins in their building? Is this recent run for the Admirals a sign of bigger and better things to come?
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