Milwaukee, WI—After a 584 day hiatus, the Admirals put on a show for the faithful on opening night with a 7-3 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins at Panther Arena. Named Captain earlier in the day, Cole Schneider scored a pair of goals, while Tommy Novak dished out three assists to pace the offense.
Grand Rapids got on the board with a power-play goal 2:40 into the game, but its was all Admirals after that for the rest of the first period.
Schneider picked up his of the game at the 5:18 mark, finishing off a nice feed from Egor Afanasyev on the right post to knot the score at one. Just 18 seconds later the Ads Captain lit the lamp again when he roofed the rebound of a Novak-wrap-around.
Matt Luff made it 3-1 Milwaukee when he walked in from the blueline to the top of the right circle and fired a wrister through traffic for his first as an Admiral.
Zach Solow got in on the action, also scoring his first as an Admiral, to give Milwaukee a 4-1 advantage. Solow deflected a Matt Donovan shot from point, sending the puck over the shoulder of Grand Rapids goalie Victor Brattstrom just over four minutes into the second.
After Veleno scored again for Grand Rapids, Mitch McLain got in on the action finishing from in close after he an Cole Smith applied pressure on the forecheck at 8:36 of the final stanza. The Griffins would get one more on the board, courtesy of Riley Barber, before Anthony Richard sealed things with an empty-netter with 2:10 left in the game.In addition to Schneider and Novak, Luff (1g-1a), Matt Tennyson (2a) and Afanasyev (2a) chipped in multi-point nights for Milwaukee as they saw 13 players find their way onto the scoresheet.
Devin Cooley earned the win in his first start as an Admiral, turning aside 20 of the 23 shots he faced.
The Admirals are off for the next six days and will hit the ice again on Friday, October 22nd when they take on the Chicago Wolves in the front end of a home-and-home series.