Admirals go down 2-0 against Grand Rapids in playoffs

Vladislav Kamenev and Freddy Gaudreau scored for the Admirals but they couldn't overcome a third period deficit and dropped a 5-2 decision to the Grand Rapids Griffins in game 2 of their best-of-five playoff series on Sunday afternoon at Van Andel Arena.

The loss dropped the Ads in a 2-0 series hole with game three set for Wednesday night at Panther Arena.

Milwaukee had pulled within a goal on Freddy's Gaudreau's third tally of the series with 7:25 to go in the third, but they couldn't get the equalizer. Two empty-netters by the Griffins made shut the hopes on any comeback.

The Griffins jumped out to a quick lead when Eric Tangradi fired a wrister from the top of the left circle by Ads goalie Marek Mazanec just 25 seconds into the game.

The Ads responded quickly, however, as Vladislav Kamenev found a loose puck in front of the Grand Rapids net was able to poke it past Jared Coreau at 2:12 into the contest.

But a one-timer by Axel Holmstrom from between the wheels went top-shelf for a 2-1 Griffs lead with 11:30 to play in the opening frame.

A Todd Bertuzzi goal at 6:39 of the second gave Grand Rapids a two-goal cushion at 3-1.

The series now shifts to Milwaukee for game three on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 PM at Panther Arena, and, if necessary, game four Friday night also at 7:00 PM.

Tickets for the April 26 game are as low as just $8 and are now on sale by logging on to or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

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