Griffins Fall 4-1 to Central Division-Leading Admirals
MILWAUKEE - The Grand Rapids Griffins dropped their fourth straight game, falling to the Central Division-leading Milwaukee Admirals 4-1 on Tuesday at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
After posting 55 goals during their 13-game winning streak, the Griffins have found the net just four times in as many contests. The result also extended the Admirals' point streak to seven consecutive games.
Vladislav Kamenev started the scoring on the power play for Milwaukee (42-21-3-2) with 4:14 remaining in the opening period. Taylor Aronson's pass from the point found Kamenev at the top of the right circle for a snapshot that deflected off the stick of Xavier Ouellet and between the pads of Jared Coreau.
Matt White added to the Admirals' lead 5:58 into the middle frame. As Aronson skated out of the right corner, he sent a pass to White alone in front for a quick shot past the blocker side.
Andy Miele got the Griffins (41-24-1-1) on the scoresheet with 11:40 left in the second. Mark Zengerle's feed from the top of the right circle reached Miele at the left circle, beating Juuse Saros with a wrist shot high to the glove side for his 15th of the campaign.
Stefan Elliott restored Milwaukee's two-goal advantage 27 seconds into the third. Elliott worked his way down from the left point, moving around Eric Tangradi to get to the bottom of the left circle before placing a shot inside the far post.
Max Reinhart made it a three-goal cushion 1:12 later. Pontus Aberg lifted Martin Frk's stick at the right point, with the puck ending up on Reinhart's stick at center ice for a breakaway. Reinhart moved from forehand to backhand, lifting the puck over Coreau's glove and in.
The Admirals finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while Grand Rapids was unable to convert on five opportunities. Saros stopped 28 of 29 shots for his 24th win of the season, while Coreau turned aside 24 of 28 shots in defeat.
The Griffins continue their four-game road trip with a three-in-three weekend beginning on Friday against the Rochester Americans. Puck drop from Blue Cross Arena is set for 7:05 p.m.
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