The Griffins quickly jumped onto the board in both team's season opener, putting two goals past Jeremy Smith barley into the second period. The second came on a short-handed breakaway in the neutral zone, as Landon Ferraro took advantage of a mistimed Admirals line switch.
Griffins Take Over In Second Period
Despite Grand Rapids controlling much of the remaining second period, the Admirals managed to halve the deficit with a Chris Mueller break away goal with just forty-three seconds to intermission. The goal was the veteran Mueller's seventieth of his career.
As the Admirals took the ice for the final period, it was clear Evanson had the moxie in the locker room to rally his squad back into the game. Coming out strong in the third, Cehlin capitalized on a rebound shot off Jordan Pearce's leg-pad to tie the game with just over sixteen minutes left in regulation. The Swedish native would again strike four minutes later, putting the Admirals up for good three-to-two.
Milwaukee opens their home season slate this Friday against Charlotte at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. They then travel to San Antonio, Houston, and Texas for four consecutive away games before taking on the Checkers again in Milwaukee on October thirty-first.