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Admirals Give Up Lead, Lose in Shoot-out

Milwaukee, WI--The Milwaukee Admirals gave three goals in the third period that sent the game into overtime before the Peoria Rivermen emerged with a 4-3 won in a shootout, snapping the Admirals winning streak at four.

The Ads drew first blood at 5:16 into the first period on a goal from Chris Mueller which came off of a turnover in the Admirals zone. The Rivermen were ready to get their offense flowing, but defensemen Aaron Johnson gathered the puck away and quickly pass the puck to Gabriel Bourque where he found Mueller on the backside of the net for the goal past Rivermen’s goaltender Ben Bishop.

The attack continued for the Admirals as Ryan Thang scored on a deflected power-play shot from Roman Josi. Blake Geoffrion passed over Peoria’s defense from the far dot to Josi. Next, Josi settled the puck at the top of the near circle and ripped off a shot that bounced off of Thang’s stick and beat netminder Bishop.

At 11:03 in the second period the Milwaukee Admirals continued on the power play success from Josi. Linus Klasen connected with Josi in far circle where he blasted a one-timer over Bishop. Jonathon Blum was also credited with an assist to increase his consecutive point streak to nine games, which is the best by an Admiral this season.

The game was not over as the Rivermen still wanted revenge from the 8-1 loss against the Ads on January 28. The Rivermen began their comeback when Derek Peltier scored just 1:10 into the third period to cut the lead to 3-1. The Rivermen’s Jake Gannon took a shot from the near circle and hit Peltier and past Admiral’s goaltender Mark Dekanich.

The Admirals had the chance to capitalize on a power-play goal again, but instead T.J. Hensick forced a turnover and changed direction where he took it all the way and past netminder Dekanich on his glove side giving the Rivermen a shorthanded goal at 3:30 of the third.

With just 2:01 left in the game Blake Geoffrion was called for delay of game after he shot the puck over the glass from the Peoria zone. Hensick managed to tie the score just nine seconds later when he ripped a shot from the left circle that some how snuck past Dekanich.

After a scoreless overtime, the game had to be decided in a shootout where the Ads started out well as Mark Santorelli shot stick side and bounced over to beat Bishop. However, Peoria’s Nicholas Drazenoic found Dekanich’s five hole to pull even with the Admirals in round two. After three straight misses by both teams, Peoria’s Chris Porter ended the game when he beat the Ads’ netminder in round six of the shoot-out to give the Rivermen the win.

In spite of the loss, Dekanich posted 37 saves, while Josi finished the game with a goal and an assist to pace the Milwaukee offense.

The Admirals return to the Bradley Center next on Friday, February 11 when they host the Chicago Wolves at 7:00 pm. The first 3,500 fans will take home an oven goalie glove, courtesy of Palermo’s Pizza. 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!

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