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Ads Fall to Lake Erie 4-3 in OT Thriller

Milwaukee, WI-The Admirals overcame an early three-goal deficit and tied the game with less than a minute to play to force overtime and earn a point in the standings before dropping a 5-4 OT decision to the Lake Erie Monsters on Tuesday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The loss was the seventh staright home defeat for Milwaukee, who finished up the month of December with just three wins in 11 games. 

The night did not start off as planed when Milwaukee found themselves a man down just seven minutes into the game. Lake Erie was able to cash in on the power play with a wrister from defensmen Stefan Elliott at the top of the circles that beat Marek Mazanec blocker side at 7:52 of the first. Two minutes later, Lake Erie forward Maxim Noreau controlled the puck and circled around the back of the Milwaukee net as Paul Carey was camped out in front. Noreau backhanded one high towards Carey, who was able to get the shaft of his stick on the puck, beating Mazanec once again to take an early 2-0 lead.

The troubles did not end there for Milwaukee however, as a tripping call sent the Monsters on yet another power play. A shot from Lake Erie forward Mike Sgarbossa at the blue line took an unfortunate deflection off the skate of Paul Carey, to Andrew Agozzino, who was all alone on the post and put it past a defenseless Mazanec, sending Milwaukee to the locker room looking at a 3-0 deficit. 

The second period had a much different tone to it as Mazanec provided the Admirals with a beautiful sprawling save early to keep the Ads hopes alive. Viktor Stalberg used the momentum Mazanec provided, and showed a great individual effort to fight past Lake Erie defensemen Cody Corbett and slip one past goaltender Calvin Pickard.

Mike Liambas was next to step up for the Admirals after a shot from Ian White bounced around the crease for a moment before Liambas was able to muscle it over the goal line to pull Milwaukee within one at 3-2 and setting the stage for a dramatic third period.

Pontus Aberg got the excitement started just a minute in the third after gathering a pass from Stalberg while on a two on one break. Aberg launched the puck over the glove of Pickard, tying the game and netting him his 12th goal of the year.

Then it was Lake Erie who scored what seemed to be the dagger with just two minutes left to play in regulation after a two on one break and goal from Agozzino.

However, Milwaukee would not be denied as Aberg netted his second game tying goal of the game after the puck squirted to him from a scrum in the corner with just 47 seconds to play in regulation

The overtime period was short lived thanks to Lake Erie forward Mitchell Heard finding daylight to Mazanec's left, and beating him blocker side, denying Milwaukee of the two points.

Pontus Aberg's two goals on the night gave him a team leading 13 goals on the year as the Admirals pick up a point to send their overall record to 15-11-2-3, good for fourth in the division.

The Admirals look to bounce back Friday Night in Grand Rapids at 6 pm CT and will get another chance to get a win at home Saturday, January 3rd at 7pm against the Hamilton Bulldogs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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