Kyle Criscuolo scored his first career playoff goal at 10:03 of overtime to send Grand Rapids into the second round with a 3-2 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
The Griffins completed a three-game sweep of the Admirals, setting up a meeting with Chicago in the Central Division Finals beginning May 3.
Criscuolo redirected a point shot by defenseman Dan Renouf past Marek Mazanec for his first goal of the series. Criscuolo had 17-24-41 in 76 games during his rookie season with Grand Rapids in 2016-17.
Trevor Murphy scored both goals for Milwaukee. Mazanec finished with 37 stops but saw his career playoff record fall to 0-7.
Milwaukee, which was also swept out of the opening round in 2014 and 2016, has now lost 11 consecutive postseason games, one shy of the AHL record.
Central Division Semifinals – Series “F” (best-of-5)
C2-Grand Rapids Griffins vs. C3-Milwaukee Admirals
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Milwaukee 3 (OT)
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 23 – GRAND RAPIDS 5, Milwaukee 2
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (OT)
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