MILWAUKEE, WI – Cody Glass scored on the power-play 2:01 into overtime to give the Milwaukee Admirals a 4-3 victory over the Iowa Wild on Friday evening. The loss extended the slump for the Wild, who have lost six straight games (0-4-2). Dominic Turgeon had two assists for Iowa.
This was an exciting contest that saw Milwaukee take a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of goals scored less than a minute apart. The first came at 12:21 when Jeremy Davies passed the puck in front to Graham Knott. Knott put a wrist shot past Hunter Jones for his second goal of the season.
Just 51 seconds later, former Wild forward Mitch McLain intercepted a pass attempt in the neutral zone, swept around an Iowa defenseman before firing a wrist shot that beat Jones to the far side for his sixth goal of the year and fourth against his former team this season.
Iowa was not flustered, however, as Kyle Rau pulled his team back within a goal, scoring on the power-play at 14:33. Will Bitten battled for the puck behind the Admirals net, gaining control and pushing it up the boards to Adam Beckman. Beckman fired a shot from the point that was knocked down in front, but the loose puck went to the opposite side of the net where Rau stuffed it in for his sixth goal of the year.
The Wild put the pressure on in the second, outshooting Milwaukee 13-8. This helped them to tie the score when Joseph Cramarossa scored his third goal of the season at the 6:15 mark. Iowa was buzzing inside the Milwaukee end, and the Admirals were having a difficult time of getting out of their zone. Turgeon battled for the puck along the half boards, winning the battle and pushing it ahead to Nick Swaney who fired a shot on net. Devin Cooley saved the bad angle shot, but the rebound came right to Cramarossa who wristed it over the goaltender’s shoulder.
The score remained tied through the second intermission, but Alexander Khovanov gave Iowa its first lead of the contest, scoring on the power-play at 14:46. Cramarossa had the puck just above the right face-off circle, feeding it across to Khovanov, who sped just inside the left face-off circle before firing a wrist shot that beat Cooley over the glove for his first goal in a Wild uniform.
It looked like Iowa was going to earn the big comeback victory, but Matt Tennyson tied the score with 1:37 left in the game. Cole Smith passed the puck back to the point to Tennyson, who moved along the blueline and into the slot area before taking a wrist shot that beat Jones low to the glove side for his third goal of the year. That tied the score at three, sending this contest into overtime.
Milwaukee dominated from the start, however, it would be a controversial call that would give the Admirals a power-play. Calen Addison and Davies were involved in an altercation at 1:42, but Addison came away with the extra penalty. That gave Milwaukee the man advantage, and they would score 19 seconds later. Glass had the puck along the boards, curling just above the left face-off circle before launching a wrist shot that Jones looked like he saved, but the puck slithered through his legs and just across the goal line to give Milwaukee a 4-3 victory.
Jones stopped 23-of-27 shots for Iowa. Cooley earned the victory with 30 saves.
These two teams will go at it again on Saturday at 6 p.m.
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