MILWAUKEE --- Ryan Thang and Steve Begin each registered a goal and an assist for the Milwaukee Admirals while Colton Gillies scored the lone goal for the Houston Aeros as the Admirals took a 3-1 victory in Game 1 of the American Hockey League’s West Division Finals at the Bradley Center on Friday night.
Milwaukee opened up a 2-0 lead midway through the first period with goals 49 seconds apart. Begin scored first at the 9:49 mark and was followed with the eventual game-winner by rookie Taylor Beck at 10:30
Thang, who assisted on Begin’s goal, was set up by Begin just 32 seconds into the third period to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.
Houston finally broke through later in the final period on Colton Gillies’ third playoff goal at 6:53. The goal came during a delayed penalty on Milwaukee’s Andreas Thuresson. Warren Peters
and Patrick O’Sullivan assisted and O’Sullivan extended his post season scoring streak to five games with the helper.
The series continues with Game 2 at Milwaukee on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. before shifting to Houston for Games 3, 4 and 5 at Toyota Center. Game 3 is set for Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. while Game 4 is Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
Aeros tickets are available via aeros.com, the Toyota Center Box Office, by calling 1-866-GO-AEROS and at select area Randalls locations. For groups or packages, please call 713-974-PUCK.BOMB DROPPINGSBrett Bulmer
, the Minnesota Wild’s second round pick in 2010, made his pro debut… After being outshot 11-8 in the first period, Houston combined for an 18-10 advantage over the final 40 minutes… The Aeros have allowed the first goal in all five playoff games.AEROS STARTERS
F --- Gillies, Ortmeyer, Peters
D --- Spurgeon, Bagnall
G --- HackettAEROS SCRATCHES
Fraser, Penner, Lofquist, Foucault, Campbell, Fredheim, Morency, Buck, Kassian, Broda, Cuma, DaoustNEXT GAME
West Division Finals, Game 2
Sunday, May 1 (5:05 p.m.)DECIDING GOAL
Beck (9:40, 2nd)POWER PLAYS
HOU: Hackett (18/21, L)
MIL: Smith (25/26, W)SERIES
MIL leads 1-0