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Milwaukee, WI--Despite multiple-point nights for Chris Mueller (1g,1a) and Roman Josi (2a), the Milwaukee Admirals fell to the Peoria Rivermen 4-3 Sunday evening at the Bradley Center, snapping their six-game point streak.

Peoria was the only team to find the back of the net in the opening frame, converting twice on the power-play. Akim Aliu put the puck on net from the right dot to put Peoria up 1-0. Nathan Oystrick and Derek Nesbitt recorded assists on the tally.

At 16:15, T.J. Hensick gave the Rivermen a 2-0 lead. Graham Mink fired a wrister through heavy traffic that was stopped by Milwaukee goaltender Atte Engren who was unable to cover the puck. Hensick picked up the rebound and lit the lamp.

With less than four minutes to go in the first period, Peoria’s starting goaltender Ben Bishop got injured and was replaced by Jake Allen.

With Milwaukee on the two-man advantage, Mueller put the Admirals on board at 5:04 of the second period. Mark Santorelli passed the puck in front of the net from the bottom of the left circle to Mueller at the right post. Mueller tipped the puck backdoor on Allen to decrease the Admirals deficit to one goal. Josi also notched an assist on the tally.

Just 44 seconds into the third period, Gabriel Bourque tied the game at two. Ryan Thang passed the puck from the corner to Bourque who wrapped around the net and jammed the puck past Allen’s right leg. Mueller also notched an assist on the marker giving him his 13th multiple-point night of the season.

Two quick goals early in the third period put the Rivermen back on top. Hensick scored his second goal of the night at 3:00 of the third when he intercepted a pass in the slot and sent the puck past Engren. Only 13 seconds later, Stefan Della Rovere scored the game-winner for the Rivermen. Della Rovere carried the puck up the boards and lifted it high past Engren’s shoulder to give Peoria a 4-2 lead.

With less than two minutes left in regulation, Teemu Laakso extended his goal streak to four games. Andreas Thuresson sailed the puck down the blue-line to Laakso at the left point who blasted a one-timer past Allen to make it a one-goal game. Josi got an assist on tally giving him a multiple-assist night for the second consecutive game.

Engren made 18 saves and suffered the loss giving his a 1-2 record.

The Admirals return to the ice on Wednesday, April 6 versus the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center. Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 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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