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Another day, another defeat for Grizzlies

Taffe's 2 goals not enough for winless Utah

MILWAUKEE — The Utah Grizzlies are still oh-fer the season.

The Milwaukee Admirals, sailing on a ship headed the opposite direction, remained unbeaten in regulation with a 6-2 victory Saturday at the Bradley Center. The loss was Utah's sixth straight to begin the season.

Utah spotted the Admirals a five-goal lead before making things interesting in the second period when Jeff Taffe scored on two power plays, but the Grizz eventually ran out of gas.

Milwaukee started the scoring on the power play when Tony Hrkac bounced a puck off Jean-Marc Pelletier to Andrew Hutchinson at the side of the net and he buried the shot for his first goal of the season. Timofei Shishkanov also drew an assist on the goal.

Milwaukee added another goal late in the frame when Simon Gamache took advantage of a little extra space on the ice in a four-on-four situation and fluttered a shot past Pelletier for his second goal this year.

Brian Finley made 10 saves in the period and Pelletier made 15 saves.

The Admirals appeared to be on their way to a lopsided victory after throwing three more goals on the board in the first half of the second period.

Hrkac started the barrage with his first goal of the season at the 1:50 mark of the period. Klein added a goal to go with his assist off a face-off by Haydar at 6:36, giving the Admirals a 4-0 lead.

Hutchinson then blasted a Shishkanov pass under Pelletier for his second goal of the game, making it 5-0 in favor of Milwaukee.

Utah narrowed the margin a bit, taking advantage of six power plays in the period. Jon Sim helped on both of Taffe's goals. The first score by Taffe ended a stretch of 157:03 of shutout hockey put up against the Grizzlies and also ended a 0-19 streak on the power play for Utah.

The Grizzlies outshot the Admirals 14-13 in the period, putting most of those shots up in the final six minutes.

Utah's comeback faltered in the third period, with the only goal coming from Milwaukee's Jeremy Yablonski, his first of the season. The Grizzlies outshot the Admirals 9-7 in the frame but couldn't muster any other offense.

The Grizzlies face Manitoba at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Winnipeg at the Winnipeg Arena.