Ads Center Cal O'Reilly Posts Eight Points in Three Games
OVERALL… The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 28-22-3-2 record and 61 points, good for fifth-place in the West Division. The Admirals have a modest four-game point streak (3-0-1) after dropping four straight prior to that. This week the Admirals will play four times beginning with a 7:00 pm fray against Quad City on Tuesday at the Bradley Center. Following a trip to Iowa on Thursday, the Admirals will play a home-and-home series with Rockford Friday at the BC and Sunday in Rockford.
VS. QUAD CITY… The Admirals and Flames meet for the seventh time this season and the fourth and final time at the Bradley Center. The Admirals won the first three contests this season, beating the Flames 4-2 October 12th in Milwaukee, 7-1 October 24th at the Bradley Center and 2-0 on October 26th in Quad City. However, the Flames were victorious in the next two games with 4-2 win at the BC November 20th and then a 3-2 shootout win on November 30th before the Admirals won 4-2 on December 21st in Quad City The two teams will finish their season series on March 29th at the I Wireless Center. In two plus seasons the Admirals have a combined 12-9-1-4 record against the Quad City Flames/Omaha Knights.
VS. IOWA… The Admirals and Stars do battle Thursday in Des Moines for the seventh of eight meetings this season. Milwaukee is 3-2-1 so far this year against Iowa taking a 4-2 win at the Bradley Center on October 19th and handing the Stars a 7-1 loss in Des Moines on October 21st before the Stars won the next two, topping Milwaukee 1-0 in Iowa on October 30th and then winning 4-1 December 11th. Most recently, Milwaukee grabbed a 5-1 win over the Stars on December 14th, while the Stars beat the Ads 3-2 in OT on January 11th in Iowa. In the two-plus seasons that the Stars have been members of the AHL, the Admirals have compiled an 11-10-3-2 record in 26 games.
VS. ROCKFORD… The Admirals and IceHogs hit the ice twice this week for the fifth and sixth of ten match-ups between the two clubs. The teams have played twice in Rockford this season with the Hogs posting a 4-2 win on December 22nd before the Ads got revenge with a 5-3 win on New Year’s Eve. At the Bradley Center the Hogs picked up a 3-2 shoot-out win on January 12th while the Admirals won 4-0 Sunday afternoon. Wade Flaherty, who led the Admirals to the 2004 Calder Cup Championship and was named playoff MVP in the process, is 5-6-1 with a 2.96 and a .914 save percentage for the IceHogs.
EARLIER THIS WEEK… The Admirals have picked up three of four points so far this week with a 3-2 OT loss to Chicago on Thursday and a 6-4 win over Grand Rapids last night. On Thursday, Cody Franson’s goal with just over five minutes to play in the game tied the score at two to force overtime. But the Wolves Brett Sterling beat Pekka Rinne with a slap shot from the slot to win it for Chicago just 1:06 into the extra session. Last night the Admirals posted five goals in the first period and held on for a 6-4 win over the Griffins. Cal O’Reilly posted five points (1g-4a) and was +4, while Janne Niskala had a pair of goals and was +3. The team finished the week with a 4-0 win over Rockford at the Bradley Center. Matt Ellison and O’Reilly each notched two goals and an assist while Pekka Rinne stopped 23 shots to earn his fourth shutout of the season.
THE FIRST TIME… A pair of Admirals picked up career first Saturday night in the team’s win in Grand Rapids. Kevin Ulanski notched his first goal as an Admiral when he lit the lamp with just one second remaining in the first period. The tally was also the first AHL marker for the Madison, WI native in 28 games with the Ads and Albany River Rats. In addition, forward James Sixsmith notched his first assist as an Admiral when he fed Cal O’Reilly on the team’s third goal of the evening. The Holy Cross alum had his first goal in a Milwaukee sweater on December 14th versus Iowa.
EN FUEGO… Center Cal O’Reilly became the first Admiral player to register five points in a game this season Saturday night when he posted a goal and dished out four assists in the team’s 6-4 win over Grand Rapids. The five-point night was the most by an Admiral since Alexander Radulov collected six points November 14, 2006, also in Grand Rapids. The Toronto, ON native followed up that up with a two-goal, one assist performance in the Ads 4-0 win over Rockford yesterday. On the season O’Reilly now has 20 points (5g-15a) in his last ten games and has climbed to third in the AHL in scoring with 57 points.
REMAINING HATLESS… Janne Niskala lit the lamp twice last night against Grand Rapids while Cal O’Reilly and Matt Ellison each scored twice on Sunday, marking the 17th time this season that an Admirals player has scored twice, but the team is still looking for its first hat-trick of the season. Niskala, Ellison, Josh Langfeld, and Antti Pihlstrom have each tallied a pair of goals in one game three times this season. The last time an Admiral posted a hat trick was March 10th of last season when Chris Durno did the deed against Chicago.
FANTASTIC FRANSON… Admirals rookie blueliner Cody Franson had his five-game point streak (2g-3a) snapped yesterday against Rockford. Franson has points in six out of his last seven games, including the game-tying goal Thursday night against Chicago. The Salmon Arm, BC native notched his first multi-goal game on February 4th when he lit the lamp twice against the Manchester Monarchs. The Predators third-round pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, Franson has 26 points (10g-16a) and 20 PIMs in 53 games this season.
GO WEST YOUNG MAN… Starting with Sunday’s game against Rockford the Admirals are in a stretch of six straight games against teams from the West Division, including four versus the IceHogs. So far this season the Ads have posted a 20-15-3-2 record against teams from their own division and an 8-5 mark versus squads from the North. Milwaukee will finish their season with nine consecutive intra-divisional games.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS… The Admirals have been embroiled in some tight affairs this season as 42 of the team’s 55 games, including seven of the last eight, have been decided by just one or two goals. Milwaukee has recorded a 13-10-3-2 mark in 28 one-goal decisions, while posting a 8-6 record when the game has been decided by two goals. Last season the Ads set a team record by playing in 63 one- and two-goal games.
OVER THE AIR AND ON THE WEB… The Admirals have a new home for their radio broadcasts this season on Sports Radio 1250 WSSP 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 B2 Networks. Simply go the Admirals website at milwaukeeadmirals.com and click on the B2 logo.