Admirals Earn fourth Straight Win
Feb 5, 2011
Grand Rapids, MI—Blake Geoffrion and Linus Klasen recorded three points apiece and Jeremy Smith stopped 25 shots to lead Milwaukee to its fourth straight win, 6-2 at Grand Rapids Saturday night. Milwaukee has points in five straight games and remains tied atop the West Division with 64 points.
Geoffrion had a goal and two assists for Milwaukee. The reigning AHL Player of the Week, Geoffrion has 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in his last four games.
Milwaukee got on the board early with a Mark Santorelli power play goal at 1:39 of the first period. Holding the zone at the right point, Roman Josi passed to Jon Blum at the left point. Blum’s slapshot was deflected by the stick of Santorelli who was camped between the circles in front of the Griffins goal. The goal was Santorelli’s eighth of the season, third on the power play.
Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead at 6:35 of the first when Linus Klasen tallied his team-best 21st of the year. Ryan Thang sent the puck behind the Grand Rapids goal to Geoffrion. Geoffrion centered into the slot for Klasen who fanned on the bouncing pass. However, he connected just enough on his second attempt to trickle the puck past the right skate of goalie Jordan Pearce.
Klasen scored his second goal of the game and 22nd of the season at 5:58 of the second period. Geoffrion fed Teemu Laakso at the point. Laakso dished to Klasen above the left circle. Klasen fired a wrister past the stick of Pearce.
Grand Rapids got on the board when Brandon Straub scored on a scramble in front of Smith at 9:16 of the second period. Straub’s goal made it 3-1.
Milwaukee made it 4-1 when Gabriel Bourque scored a 4-on-4 goal at 11:50. The goal came off a faceoff in the right circle of the Grand Rapids zone. Chris Mueller sent the puck to the net and Bourque flipped the rebound into the cage for his seventh goal of the season.
Bourque scored another at 18:29 of the second period with a quick wrist shot from the left circle, his eighth of the year. Santorelli and Laakso recorded the helpers.
Geoffrion made it 6-1 at 6:16 of the third period when he deflected an Aaron Johnson shot past goalie Thomas McCollum. Klasen also recorded an assist.
The Admirals outshot the Griffins 36-27 in the game.
The Admirals return to the Bradley Center next Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest with the Peoria Rivermen. Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at or logging on to milwaukeeadmirals.com. Group discounts are available starting with just ten people and get a minimum of $2 off the face value. For more information or to purchase group tickets fans can call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550 or visit milwaukeeadmirals.com. Don’t forget to follow the Admirals on Twitter (@mkeadmirals) and on Facebook!