Admirals Drop Season Opener at Peoria
Oct 7, 2007
The Admirals scored twice in a 101 second span in the third period to make things interesting, but came away with a season-opening loss at Peoria Saturday night, 4-2.
Rookie Mike Santorelli scored his first professional goal and Josh Langfeld converted his first as an Admiral to make the score 3-2 just past the midway point of the third period. However, Milwaukee allowed a late goal to Jean-Guy Trudel to ice the win for Peoria.
Things certainly didn’t start well for the Admirals. An early scramble in the Milwaukee zone led to a loose puck bouncing to Peoria defenseman Jeff Woywitka, who’d pinched from the blue line toward the net. Woywitka snapped a shot over Pekka Rinne’s right shoulder to give the Rivermen the lead just 21 seconds into the game.
After Milwaukee had some good power play chances in the first couple minutes of the second period, the Rivermen came back and grabbed a 3-0 lead after two. Petr Cajanek gave Peoria a 2-0 lead at 12:43 of the second when he converted a 2-on-1 pass with Chris Porter. Martin Kariya converted another 2-on-1 play just 42 seconds later to give the Rivermen its third goal.
After a Milwaukee power play ended, the Admirals Janne Niskala fired a shot from the left circle on net. The rebound was buried by Santorelli, who scored 30 goals last season for Northern Michigan University. Cal O’Reilly also notched an assist on the play at 8:55.
Rich Peverley, used some fancy stick work behind the Peoria net to break away from the defense. He moved to the right corner and sent a pass to Langfeld, who snapped a shot past Peoria goalie Jason Bacashihua at 10:36. Antti Pihlstrom also recorded an assist.
Trudel scored at 16:30 to clinch the victory for the Rivermen.
Rinne stopped 26 shots in the game.
The Admirals next game is the home opener Friday, Oct. 12 against the Quad City Flames.