Anthony Mantha scored twice during a crazy second period to lead the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals and a 3-0 victory in their first-round series at Van Andel Arena on Tuesday night.
The Griffins’ three-game sweep of the division champion Admirals — Grand Rapids’ eighth series win in the last four postseasons — sets up a second-round meeting with the Lake Erie Monsters.
Grand Rapids trailed 1-0 entering the second period before scoring two goals in 1:34 — one by Brian Lashoff and one by Mantha — that both had to be confirmed by official video review after going through the Milwaukee net.
Mantha’s second goal made it 3-1 late in the second, and Colin Campbell put the game and the series away with a breakaway goal at 12:05 of the third.
The Admirals’ loss was their 13th in their last 14 postseason contests, and seventh loss in a row on the road in the postseason.
Central Division Semifinals – Series “E” (best-of-5)
C1-Milwaukee Admirals vs. C4-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Grand Rapids 3, MILWAUKEE 1
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Grand Rapids 2, MILWAUKEE 1
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 26 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Milwaukee 1
— GrandRapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) April 27, 2016