Winning streak reaches five, as Eagles top Milwaukee, 4-3
January 15, 2022
LOVELAND, CO. –Eagles forward Jayson Megna scored a regulation-time power-play goal and scored the game-winning goal in a shootout as Colorado beat the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3 on Saturday. Goaltender Justus Annunen made 41 saves on 44 shots for his fifth straight win in net. The win also extends the Eagles’ winning streak to a season-best five games. Defender Jordan Gross also left his mark in the game, registering three assists for a second consecutive game.
Colorado scored the first goal of the game when forward Sampo Ranta curled behind the net and fired a high slot shot over the shoulder of Milwaukee goaltender Devin Cooley. The goal was Ranta’s fourth of the season and gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead at 11:10 of the first period.
A power play for the Admirals late in the first quarter would see forward Rocco Grimaldi light the lamp with a wrist from the right circle to tie the game at 1-1 with 2:51 remaining in the first 20 minutes.
Still deadlocked at 1-1 as the two teams hit the ice for the second period, Colorado was back in the driver’s seat when forward Shane Bowers fired a shot on the run that deflected off a stick and in the back of the net to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage at 5:54 into the middle period.
The lead would increase when a 5-on-3 power play set up Megna to smack a one-timer from the left wing circle that would beat Cooley and put Colorado on top, 3-1 with 7:38 left. to play in the second period.
Milwaukee would catch the Eagles in a substitution and forward Grant Mismash would make the most of it with a slap shot from the top of the left wing circle that eluded Annunen and cut the Eagles advantage to 3-2 at 17:04 . the second stanza.
Still in possession of a 3-2 lead as the puck fell in the third period, Colorado was on a long penalty kill when forward Dalton Smith received a warning for a major five-minute boarding at 6:27. The Eagles killed the initial 4:49 of the penalty but eventually gave up a goal to forward Cole Schneider who fired a lightning shot from the bottom of the left wing circle into the back of the net. The count tied the game at 3-3 with 8:42 left in the contest.
With the match still tied at 3-3 after 60 minutes, the contest went into sudden death overtime. Colorado would edge the Admirals 5-4 in the extra session, but neither team would be able to find the back of the net.
In the ensuing shootout, Annunen stopped three of Milwaukee’s four shooters, while Gross and Megna each lit the lamp to give the Eagles the 4-3 victory. Colorado was outplayed in the game 44-39, as the Eagles went 1-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-6 on the penalty kill.
The Eagles will be back in action when they take on the Iowa Wild on Friday, January 21st at 7:05 p.m. MT at the Budweiser Events Center. Tickets for all regular season games are on sale now and start at just $19. You can find more information about ticket packages, theme tickets and promotional nights by visiting ColoradoEagles.com or calling the Ticket Department at (970) 686-7468.