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Milwaukee Admirals lose Game 5 in OT, trail series 3-2

From the Milwaukee Admirals:

Houston forward Robbie Earl jammed the puck into the net at 8:45 of overtime to give the Houston Aeros a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals Friday in game five of the West Division Finals.

Earl was able to get to the net and slide the puck past goalie Jeremy Smith's left leg, spoiling a 50 save performance by the Milwaukee goalie. Houston outshot the Admirals 53-25.

The Aeros tied the game in the last 4:22 of regulation. Earl got Houston on the board with a shot from the right point while the Aeros were on a 5-on-3 power play at 15:38 of the third period. Then, with 1:21 to play, Jon DiSalvatore rushed on the left wing into the Admirals zone. He stopped on the halfwall and sent a pass to Chad Rau who was streaking to the net. Rau tipped the puck in to force overtime for the second straight game between the teams.

Milwaukee scored first thanks to a lucky bounce. Kelsey Wilson cleared the puck from the Admirals zone to center where it was corralled by Ryan Thang. Thang skated to the top of the right circle and put a shot on goal. Aeros netminder Matt Hackett made a blocker save and the puck popped straight into the air. Hackett was unable to locate the puck. It fell onto the goal line and Thang tapped it in at 11:28 of the second period for his fifth goal of the postseason. Wilson notched the helper.

Milwaukee made it 2-0 with just five seconds left in the second period. A Houston defenseman failed to hold the left point during an Aeros power play. Milwaukee forward Steve Begin tipped the puck to the right circle in the Aeros zone. Mike Bartlett scooped it up and drove to the net. He was unable to get the shot off but Begin followed to put a backhander into the net for his third goal of the postseason. Bartlett recorded the assist. The goal was Milwaukee's first shorthanded goal of the playoffs and was the first shorthanded goal allowed by the Aeros this postseason.

The teams will be back at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee for game six Sunday at 5pm. Sunday's game is a Private Bank Family Day, where fans get 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas for just $48! The Admirals will hold special office hours on Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm for fans to stop by and pick up their Private Bank Playoff Pack.

For those who can't make it down, tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or logging on For more information, or to purchase group tickets, fans should call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550. Don't forget to follow the Admirals on Twitter (@mkeadmirals) and on Facebook!

This weekend will assuredly be a pretty stressful one for the entire Predators organization!