Tony Hrkac played the role of hero on Tuesday night, scoring with 56 seconds remaining in regulation to give Milwaukee a 2-1 win over Rochester in the opener of the Western Conference championship series at the Bradley Center.
Hrkac’s goal, his seventh of the postseason, capped Milwaukee’s comeback from a one-goal deficit entering the third period.
Wyatt Smith scored on a power play 38 seconds into the final frame.
Wade Flaherty got the win, making 18 saves on the night. Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots for the Amerks, but it wasn’t enough to extend the club’s seven-game winning streak.
Former Admiral Domenic Pittis scored the lone goal for Rochester, keeping him tied atop the AHL’s postseason scoring race with 17 playoff points.
Game 2 is Thursday in Milwaukee.