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Griffins fall on season-opener

Admirals claim 3-2 victory in Grand Rapids

Saturday, 10.13.2012 / 12:15 AM ET / Recap
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Patrick Cehlin scored twice in his American Hockey League debut to rally the Milwaukee Admirals to a 3-2 victory over Grand Rapids on Friday, spoiling the night for the 10,834 fans at Van Andel Arena who comprised the Griffins’ 17th consecutive home-opening sellout.

After former Griffin Chris Mueller cut into the Griffins’ 2-0 lead by scoring in the final minute of the second period, Cehlin, who spent the past three seasons in the Swedish Elite League, lit the lamp twice in 4:06 early in the third to tilt this battle of reunited Midwest Division rivals to the visitors.

Grand Rapids will get another shot at its first victory under new head coach Jeff Blashill on Saturday, when the Hamilton Bulldogs pay a 7 p.m. visit to Van Andel Arena.

Joakim Andersson tallied the first goal of the season for the Griffins during a power play 9:49 into the game. From the right circle, Gustav Nyquist centered a pass to Tomas Tatar, whose redirection from the slot was denied by Milwaukee goalie Jeremy Smith. Andersson, however, was waiting at the right post to jam the rebound home, marking his 75th career point as a Griffin.

Milwaukee looked primed to even the score less than two minutes later when Daniel Bang was sprung on a break at the Grand Rapids blue line, but Jordan Pearce flashed his glove to rob Bang’s backhand attempt.

Landon Ferraro made it a 2-0 game with a shorthanded marker at 15:31 of the second. Winning a race to the puck at the Admirals’ line, he darted toward the net and lifted the puck over Smith’s glove for his first career shorthanded goal.

But Milwaukee struck for three goals within a span of 8:17 to go ahead 3-2. Mueller solved Pearce with just 43 seconds left in the period, breaking in alone and slipping the puck inside the right post. Cehlin then connected from close range at 3:28 of the third before scoring backdoor into a wide-open net during a power play at 7:34.

Penalty trouble began to plague the Griffins, who were assessed four consecutive penalties that gave Milwaukee 1:02 of a two-man advantage within 3:56 of 5-on-4 time. Grand Rapids worked hard to kill off the nearly five-minute power play, but was later unable to net the equalizer despite pulling Pearce for an extra attacker with more than a minute to play.

Pearce stopped 23-of-26 on the night while Smith earned the victory behind 19 saves.

Three Stars: 1. MIL Cehlin (two goals, PPG/GWG); 2. GR Andersson (PPG); 3. MIL Mueller (goal)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89