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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Feb. 24)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
ADMIRALS SET FOR BUSY WEEK

Four Games Start Tonight vs. Manitoba

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 36-14-3-3 record and 78 points, which puts them in first place in the West Division. The Ads lead Houston and Chicago by 13 points, top Rockford by 14, and out-pace Iowa by 18. This is the first of four games this week for the Ads, who will play three games in three nights this coming weekend beginning with Friday’s game versus Quad City.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals posted a 2-1 record in three games last week. The team started the week by dropping a 4-1 decision Thursday night to the Rockford IceHogs at the Bradley Center. Hugh Jessiman scored the lone goal for the Ads. On Friday night the Admirals snapped a three-game skid with a 1-0 win over Chicago at the All-State Arena. Adam Miller scored the game’s lone goal in the second period, while Mark Dekanich stopped 27 saves to earn the win. Finally on Saturday night Milwaukee posted a 2-1 win over Manitoba at the BC. Drew MacIntyre posted 23 saves to earn the win over his former team while James Sixsmith netted the game-winning goal.

LIGHTING THE LAMP…While not exactly an offensive explosion, the two goals the Admirals scored on Saturday night snapped a streak of three games where the team managed just one marker in each contest. However, thanks in large part to stellar goaltending and a solid penalty kill, the Ads where able to post three points in the standings in those games. On wins over Peoria on February 8th and Grand Rapids on February 10th Milwaukee posted nine goals, but has managed just seven goals in five games since.

THAT SCORE AGAIN…The Admirals win over the Moose on Saturday marked the 13th time this season that the final score of an Ads game has been 2-1, which ties a team record set during the 1999-2000 season. Milwaukee has posted an impressive 9-1-3 record in those games with their only regulation defeat at the hands of the Chicago Wolves on February 7th. On home ice the Ads have recorded a 4-0-1 record in 2-1 games, while on the road they are 5-1-2.

BIG CROWDS…The Admirals posted a crowd of 10,026 in their win over Manitoba on Saturday night, marking the third time this season that the team has drawn more than 10,000 fans to a game. The crowd was also the 11th time in the past three seasons that the Ads have drawn a crowd in excess of 10,000.

OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN…Admirals defenseman Robert Dietrich posted a pair of assists on Saturday night, marking the first time in the last four games that the team has had a player record more than one point in a game. It was the second time that the rookie defenseman has notched a multi-point game with the first coming on November 18th against Grand Rapids when he registered a goal and an assist. Dietrich now has five points, all assists, in his last six games.

THE LOWEST SCORE…Last Saturday’s game was the first time this season that the Admirals have played a game where just one goal was scored and it marked the 29th time it has happened in franchise history. The team’s all-time record in 1-0 games now stands at 12-15-0-1, including a 6-5-0-1 mark on the road. The last time the Ads played a 1-0 game was in a win at Quad City on March 29th, 2008.

THE FIRST TIME…Mark Dekanich and Adam Miller each notched a pair of career firsts in the Admirals win over Chicago last Friday night. Miller scored the game’s lone goal, the first of his AHL career. The Livonia, MI native does have 11 goals with Las Vegas in the ECHL this season. Meanwhile, Dekanich turned aside all 27 shots thrown his way to earn his first career shutout. The Colgate University alum has come close to a whitewashing on a number of occasions this season, he allowed just one goal in five games, but Friday was the first time he completed the blanking.

THREE DOLLAR DAYS…The Admirals annual charity game will be played on Sunday, March 1st when they take on the Houston Aeros at 4:00 pm. Tickets in the 400-level are just $3 and $2 from each ticket sold, both in the 200- and 400-levels will be donated to the MACC Fund, which raises awareness of childhood cancer and blood disorders. This is the fourth consecutive season that the Admirals have held the game and they have raised over $74,000 in the process.

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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