4.27.16: Griffins beat Milwaukee to win series
(Mlive)– The Grand Rapids Griffins celebrated a victory Tuesday with two goals that very few people saw in one of the more bizarre occurrences in a hockey game.
The Griffins swept the Milwaukee Admirals with a 4-1 victory that included two goals that amazingly both went through the back netting and within one minute, 34 seconds of each other.
It took a replay review to decide both.
Every once in a while a shot will angle just right and go through the back of the goal net. That’s rare enough. But twice in such a short amount of time?
“I’ve never experienced anything like that,” said forward Eric Tangradi. “We kind of laughed and joked about it, but definitely a different scenario.”
“It happens maybe once a year or every five years,” said Anthony Mantha, who was credited with one of the goals.
Coach Todd Nelson, asked if he’d ever seen back-to-back mesh breakers before, replied.
“No. Not even close.”
It was even bantered that both shots went through the same spot on the mid-upper right side.
The shots, while bizarre, turned the game around as the Griffins went from trailing to a 2-1 lead, with no looking back.
The first shot fooled nearly everyone as play continued for another 45 seconds. After a stoppage, it took close to five minutes to decide the goal had been scored by defenseman Brian Lashoff in a scrum in front of the net. To add to it, it was Lashoff’s first playoff goal since 2009.
The Griffins lead the world in net-passing goals at Van Andel Arena.