Admirals Outlast Stars, Even Series
Milwaukee, WI—Mark Van Guilder scored the game-winning goal in the third period and Jeremy Smith continued his stellar play with 30 saves as the Admirals took a 3-2 win over Texas Wednesday night to even their best-of-seven series at 2-2. Game five will take place on Friday night at 7:30 pm at the Cedar Park Center.
For the third straight game it was the Admirals who posted the game's first goal when Gabriel Bourque tallied his fourth goal of the playoffs. With the Ads on the power-play Roman Josi passed the puck from the high slot over to Chris Mueller on the right side of Texas goalie Richard Bachman. Mueller held the puck just long enough to freeze Bachman before passing to Bourque in front of the goal and he chipped it into the Stars net.
The Stars tied the game at 6:25 of the second period on a rebound goal by Scott Glennie. Glennie fired a shot from the left dot that Admirals goalie Jeremy Smith stopped, but the rebound came right back to Glennie and he fired it in.
Milwaukee got back on top when Taylor Beck picked up his first pro goal at 12:37 of the second. With the Ads on a power-play, Grant Lewis took a shot from the right point that deflected off the skates of a Texas defenseman and over to an open Beck on the left post and he jammed it home.
Mark Van Guilder made it 3-1 Milwaukee at 3:13 of the third period as he scored his first of the post-season. Ads forward Cory Conacher and Texas defenseman Dan Spang were battling for the puck in front of the net and Van Guilder came crashing in and, after being tripped, managed so slip the puck under Bachman’s outstretched leg.
The Stars pulled to within one with a five-on-three goal by Greg Rallo at 8:45 of the third. Rallo ripped a one-timer from the left point past Smith, but that was as close as they would get as the Ads escaped with the 3-2 in.
The two teams will play game five on Friday night in Texas at 7:30 and the Admirals will host a free viewing party at Major Goolsbys in downtown Milwaukee.
Game 6 will take place on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 pm back at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Tickets for game 6 are on sale now and are priced less than regular season tickets again this year. Seats in the Admirals Quarters (all seats on the glass) will run $18, tickets are $15 for Mid-Deck seats (sections 225-203 and 211-217), $12 for Stern seats (sections 204-210), and $10 for Bow (sections 218-224), handicap platform, and child seats. In addition, groups of ten or more still get a minimum of $2 off each ticket.
Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or logging on to milwaukeeadmirals.com, while fans looking for playoff packages, group tickets or more information should call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550. Don’t forget to follow the Admirals on Twitter (@mkeadmirals) and on Facebook!