MILWAUKEE, WI – Before facing Milwaukee on Wednesday night, special teams for the Griffins was an area that needed to improve if they were to contend for another championship. It appears that the power play is heading in the right direction. The Griffins scored three times on the man advantage and beat the Milwaukee Admirals, 6-3.
The Admirals were able to get on the board first as Emil Patterson scored off of a Griffins turnover for an early 1-0 lead.
Just a couple of minutes later, Matt Puempel delivered the equalizer to tie the game at one goal apiece. Admirals netminder Andres Lindback had trouble with the puck near the net and Puempel intercepted a pass and found the back of the net for his third goal of the season.
Grand Rapids took the lead on Ben Street‘s first goal of the season. Eric Tangradi and Puempel were in on the assists during the power play.
Milwaukee was able to tie the game at two on a short-handed situation. The Griffins mishandled the puck with led to a 3-on-2 for the Admirals and Alex Carrier beat Jared Coreau to once again tie it.
Moments later, Tangradi was able to score on the power play to put the Griffins back in front for the remainder of the game.
Dominic Turgeon scored just a couple of minutes into the third period for his fifth tally of the season from about 40 feet away. Dylan McIlrath had the assist on the play.
Matthew Ford scored the third power play goal of the night for Grand Rapids. The goal came off of a Filip Hronek shot that was deflected by the Griffins Captain to give the Griffins a 5-2 lead.
Milwaukee scored just a few second later to pull to within two goals. Turner Elson added an empty net goal near the end of the game to seal a 6-3 Griffins win.
Coreau made 17 save for the Griffins earning his fourth win of the season. Lindback made 37 stops on 42 shots, as he suffered just his second loss of the season.
The Griffins outshot Milwaukee 43-20 and will be back home on Friday night to host the Chicago Wolves.
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