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Milwaukee Admirals Update: Dec. 21

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Ads Have Won Six of Their Last Seven

OVERALL…The Admirals enter the Christmas break with a 16-9-1-4 record and 37 points, good for a second place tie in the tightly packed West Division where seven points separates second through sixth. The Admirals and Peoria are currently tied for second with 37 points, followed by Rockford and Houston at 35, with Chicago just behind at 30. Out of the five teams clustered in second through sixth in the division, Milwaukee has played the fewest number of games (30). The Admirals head into the holiday break winners in six of their last seven games, including a 3-1 mark on a recent four-game road trip. Milwaukee has just one game this week, when they travel to Rockford on Boxing Day (December 26) for a 7:05 pm contest.

LAST THIS WEEK…The Admirals posted a 3-1 mark in four contests last week. Monday night Mike Santorelli posted the game-winning goal on the power-play 46 seconds into overtime to lift Milwaukee 4-3 victory over Toronto. Hugh Jessiman, Cal O’Reilly, and Chris Mueller also lit the lamp for the Admirals, while Mark Dekanich turned aside 30 shots to earn his seventh win of the year. Then the next night the Admirals erupted for three goals in just over three minutes in the third period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead on the way to a 3-2 win over Hamilon. Colin Wilson, Nolan Yonkman, and Peter Olvecky lit the lamp for the Ads in the game and Chet Pickard stopped 31 of 33 shots in net to pick up the victory. Saturday night the Ads and Wolves were tied at two heading into the third, but Chicago posted two markers in the third period to end the Admirals five-game winning streak. The Ads finished the week with a win over the Rampage at the Bradley Center. Three times the Admirals trialed by a goal, but each time they were able to battle back. Santorelli scored by the game-tying and game-winning goals for Milwaukee.

BOXING DAY FRIDAY…The Admirals travel to Rockford on Friday which is Boxing Day, a holiday observed in a number of countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. All-time the Admirals have posted a 10-10-2-1 mark on Boxing Day, including a 4-9-1-1 mark in 15 road contests. Last season the Ads hosted Quad City on December 26 and took a 4-2 victory over the Flames. Interestingly, for the first six seasons Milwaukee was in the AHL, the team battled the Chicago Wolves on Boxing Day.

HOME, SWEET HOME…The Admirals returned to the Bradley Center yesterday afternoon on the heals of a four-game road trip that finished Saturday night in Chicago. The team posted a 3-1 record on the swing, getting wins over Grand Rapids, Hamilton and Toronto before falling to the Wolves. This was the third road trip of four or more games for the team this season. The Ads, who sit at 10-6-1-2 on the road, began the year with a six-gamer and then had a season-long eight game trip over Thanksgiving. Milwaukee has played the fewest number of home games (11) of any team in the AHL.

GETTING THE CALL…The Predators have recalled forward Nick Spaling from the Admirals. The recall is the first of his career for Spaling, who has seven points (1g-6a) in 27 games for the Admirals this season. Prior to his recall the Drayton, ON picked up points (1g-2a) in his last three outings (all wins), and in four of his last five (1g-3a). Nashville’s third choice, 58th overall (second round) in the 2007 Entry Draft, Spaling tied for fourth on the Admirals in points (12g-23a-35pts) and tied for fifth in assists in 2008-09. Spaling posted an assist in his first NHL contest on Tuesday night, a 7-4 Predators win against Tampa Bay.

COMEBACK KIDS…The Admirals win over Hamilton on Tuesday was the first time they had won a game when trailing entering the third period. The Ads entered the final stanza down 1-0, but scored three goals to pick up a 3-2 win. Prior to Tuesday, the last time Milwaukee posted a win when trailing after two, was also against Hamilton. Last March 22, the Ads beat the bulldogs 3-2 after facing a 2-1 deficit after 40 minutes of play. The Admirals record now stands at 1-7-0-3 when trailing after two.

MAKE THE HOLIDAYS HAPPY…Usually a person receives gifts on his birthday, as opposed to giving them, but Santorelli’s game-winner Monday night was a great gift for the Admirals on his 24th birthday. Santorelli also insured that the Ads would have a Merry Christmas, as he scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals on Sunday afternoon’s 4-3 win over San Antonio, the team’s final game before the holiday break. The Vancouver, BC native continues to post impressive numbers for the Admirals this season, having totaled 16 points (8g-8a) in just 12 games with the team. A Northern Michigan University alum, Santorelli has two goals and an assist with the Predators this season.

SPREADING THE WEALTH…One of the keys to the team’s recent success is an even distribution of scoring that they have received. Eleven different Admirals light the lamp during the last seven game, led by Mike Santorelli and Wacey Rabbit’s four tallies. Santorelli eight points (4g-4a) tops the squad in scoring in the past seven contests, followed closely by Andreas Thuresson and Cal O’Reilly, who have both totaled two goals and five assists for seven points. A total of 19 players found the scoresheet during the winning streak.

MAKING HIS MARK…Forward Chris Mueller has made his presence felt with the Admirals since being recalled from Cincinnati at the beginning of November. The Buffalo, NY native has posted eight points (3g-5a) in 18 games with the Admirals, including points in five out of his last seven contests. Mueller started the season with four goals and an assist in five games with the Cyclones after notching 16 points (5g-11a) in 59 frays with the Lake Erie Monsters last year.

OVER THE AIR AND ON THE WEB…For the third 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 and click on the AHL Live banner.

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