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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Dec. 16)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
ADMIRALS CONTINUE HOT PLAY

Team Has Won Five Straight & Seven of Last Eight

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 16-7-0-1 record and 33 points, which puts them in a three-way tie for second place in the extremely tight West Division. First place through sixth place in the division is separated by four points. The Ads have played 24 games on the season, which are at least two less than every other team in the division. This week the Admirals will play four games in five nights beginning with 7:00 pm contest with Houston on Wednesday at the Bradley Center. Following a trip to Grand Rapids for two games with the Griffins on Friday and Saturday the Admirals will host Iowa at 4:00 pm on Sunday.

VS. HOUSTON…The Admirals and Aeros square off at the Bradley Center for the first time this season on Wednesday night after playing all three of their games in Houston. The two clubs split the first two contests, with the Aeros winning 3-0 on October 13th and the Admirals taking a 2-1 OT win on November 28th. Houston won the most recent game, earning a 4-2 win on November 30th. In 97 career meetings with the Aeros the Admirals have notched a 54-33-2-8 record with a 29-15-1-2 mark at the Bradley Center.

VS. GRAND RAPIDS…The Admirals travel to Grand Rapids for games on Friday and Saturday night versus the Griffins. The Ads have topped the Griffins in their first four meetings this year, sweeping a home-and-home set October 31st and November 1st and then winning 5-4 on November 16th and 3-2 on November 18th. In the last 21 overall games the Admirals have a 17-2-0-2 mark against the Griffins, and have won the last eight contests. In 94 regular season games between the two squads, the Ads have a 42-36-7-9 record.

VS. IOWA…
The Admirals host Iowa on Sunday for the first time this season, but it is the fourth contest of the year between the two clubs. The two squads split their first two games with the Ads winning 3-0 on November 21st and the Chops taking an 8-6 decision on November 22nd before Milwaukee won 6-2 last Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Arena. The Chops are affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks and were preceded by the Iowa Stars, who joined the league prior for the 2005-06 season. Last year against the Stars the Admirals posted a 5-2-1 record in eight contests, including a 2-1-1 mark at the Wells Fargo Arena.

LAST WEEK…Milwaukee started the week with a 5-3 victory over the Flames in Quad City on Wednesday night. Jed Ortmeyer’s first goal as an Admiral at 11:48 of the third broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the Ads to the win. Nick Spaling scored twice, while Andreas Thuresson and Cal O’Reilly each added a pair of assists for the Admirals. Then Friday night the Admirals topped the Rockford IceHogs 4-2 at the Bradley Center. Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli, O’Reilly and Alexander Sulzer each posted a goal and an assist to pace the Admirals offense. Milwaukee finished the week with a 6-2 win over Iowa on Saturday night to extend their current win streak to five games. Teemu Laakso and Kelsey Wilson each potted a pair of markers, while Cal O’Reilly and Mike Santorelli each chipped in two assists.

FULL SPEED AHEAD…The Admirals have been clicking on all cylinders as of late as the team has won five consecutive games, seven of their last eight and have posted a 14-3 record since Halloween. The team’s offense has been a big part of their recent success, scoring 26 goals during the current winning streak and lighting the lamp 77 times in their last 20 games. Specifically, the Admirals power-play has been generating a good chunk of the team’s offense, converting on ten of their last 22 attempts to move into second in the AHL with a 22.3% conversion rate.

STILL EN FUEGO…Center Mike Santorelli has been on fire as of late, running his point scoring streak to an AHL-season high 12 games with a pair of assists on Saturday night. During the streak, which also included a six-game goal scoring stretch, the Vancouver, BC native has 23 points (8g-15a), including the team’s only four-point game of the season. After posting just five points in his first 12 games this season, Santorelli is now second on the Admirals roster with 29 points. While his scoring streak is impressive, he still has a ways to go to break the franchise mark of 33 games (31g-46a), set by Claude St. Sauveur during the 1979-80 campaign.

FOUR-IN-FOUR…It was been a whirlwind four days for Ryan Jones, as the Admirals forward pulled a rare four-in-four when played four games in four consecutive nights last week. It started on Wednesday night when Jones posted his sixth goal of the season in the Ads win over Quad City. On Thursday morning, he was recalled by the Predators and flew to Columbus where he posted 10:20 of ice time in Nashville’s 2-1 shoot-out loss. Following the game he flew back to Nashville with the team before being reassigned to the Ads Friday morning and then playing in the team’s 4-2 win over Rockford on Friday night. He finished the tiring feat by posting an assist and a +3 rating in the Ads 6-2 win against Iowa. All told, Jones traveled almost 2000 miles and spent time in five different states during his journey.

BACK AT IT…After going a season high three games without a point over Thanksgiving weekend, Admirals center Cal O’Reilly has a hot hand again. The Toronto, ON native has recorded four straight multi-point games, collecting nine points (1g-8a) in those contests. O’Reilly is currently tied for the league lead with 27 assists and is tied for third in the AHL and tops the Admirals roster in scoring with 32 points. In addition to his scoring prowess, O’Reilly has been a staple in the Milwaukee line-up, having played in 160 consecutive games over the past three seasons.

HOME AND GONE…
The Admirals returned home to the Bradley Center ice Friday night for the first time since November 26th. Milwaukee completed a five-game road trip on Wednesday night in Quad City. During their swing, which took them from Texas to Ontario and then to Quad City, the Ads posted a 4-1 record, marking just the second time in franchise history that the team has won four times during a five game road swing. There was no rest for the weary, however, as the Ads went right back out on the road for a game in Des Moines against the Chops on Saturday.

32 AND COUNTING…Teemu Laakso and Kelsey Wilson each netted a pair of goals on Wednesday night, marking the tenth and eleventh times this season that an Admiral has lit the lamp two times in one game. In addition to Laakso and Wilson, Nick Spaling, who has accomplished the feat twice, Mike Santorelli, Ryan Jones, Alexander Sulzer, Antti Pihlstrom, Andreas Thuresson, Stephen Werner, and Cody Franson have also done the deed, but none of them have been able to make it a hat trick. Milwaukee has had 30 players score twice in one contest since the team’s last hat trick, scored by Chris Durno against Chicago on March 10th, 2007.

OVER THE AIR AND ON THE WEB…For the second consecutive season Sportsradio 1250 WSSP will serve as the Admirals flagship station with Aaron Sims calling all of the hard-hitting end-to-end action. In addition, the team has a one-hour hockey magazine dubbed “Milwaukee Admirals Center Ice” that airs every Monday from 6-7 pm on WSSP. Fans can watch all Admirals games, home and on the road, live on the internet via NeuLion. Simply go the Admirals website at milwaukeeadmirals.com and click on the AHL Live banner.
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