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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Feb. 26)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
UP AND DOWN SEASON CONTINUES FOR ADS

Team Starts Week with Two Wins, before Ending with Two Loses

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 30-24-3-2 record and 65 points, good for a fifth-place in the West Division with both Houston and Quad City. In addition, that trio is just one point behind fourth place Peoria. After posting a six-game point streak (5-0-1) the Admirals have now dropped two games in a row, both of them to Rockford. This week the Ads have three contests beginning with a Wednesday night affair with the IceHogs in Rockford. Milwaukee will host Providence on Friday night before finishing the week with a trip to Chicago on Saturday.

VS. ROCKFORD…The Admirals and IceHogs hit the ice Wednesday for the seventh of ten meetings between the two clubs this season The teams have played three times in Rockford this year with the Hogs posting a 4-2 win on December 22nd and a 2-0 win yesterday, while the Ads got took home a 5-3 win on New Year’s Eve. At the Bradley Center the Hogs have picked up a pair of 3-2 wins: first in a shoot-out on January 12th and then Friday night in regulation, while the Admirals won 4-0 on Sunday, February 17th at the BC.

VS. PROVIDENCE…The Admirals play host to the Providence Bruins on Friday evening for the first time since the 2001-02 season. That year the two teams tied 1-1 at the Bradley Center, while Milwaukee beat the Bruins 4-1 in Providence. Earlier this season the Bruins, who are the top affiliate for the Boston Bruins, topped they Admirals 3-2 in Providence.

VS. CHICAGO…The Admirals and Wolves renew their rivalry Saturday for the tenth and final meeting between the two clubs during the regular season. So far this year Milwaukee is 3-4-2 against their neighbors to the south, including a 1-2-1 mark at the All-State Arena. The two clubs split a pair of overtime games to begin the year, with the Wolves winning the first meeting of the season, 2-1 on October 13th in Chicago and the Ads besting the Wolves 1-0 in extra time on October 27th in Milwaukee. The Wolves then won the next three contests between the two clubs before the Ads grabbed a 4-0 win January 16th and a 5-4 victory February 1st. However, Chicago has won the last two games, 3-1 at the All-State on February 9th and then 3-2 in OT at the BC on February 14th. In 141 all-time regular season contests the Ads have a 74-49-1-17 record including a 33-24-1-9 mark at the All-State Arena.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals won their first two games this week, beginning with a 3-2 shoot-out win over Quad City on Tuesday before grabbing 5-4 OT win Thursday night in Iowa, before dropping a 3-2 decision to the IceHogs on Friday night in Milwaukee and a 2-0 contest in Rockford on Sunday. On Thursday each team picked up an even-strength and a five-on-three goal in regulation before the Admirals went 3-for-5 in the shootout, while the Flames converted just twice. Matt Ellison scored during regulation and also in the shoot-out, while Pekka Rinne turned aside 28 shots to earn the victory. In Iowa the Admirals scored three times in the game’s final seven minutes to erase a 4-1 deficit and then Alexander Sulzer scored with one second remaining in overtime to give the Admirals the come-from-behind victory. On Friday, Cody Franson posted a power-play goal at 8:56 of the third to tie the game and it appeared the Ads would be playing their third straight overtime affair, but Wisconsin native Jack Skille scored with just 57 seconds left in the game to break the tie and send the IceHogs home with the win. Finally Sunday afternoon saw Milwaukee shutout for the fifth time this season as they dropped their second consecutive game to the IceHogs.

THE LAST SECOND…Sulzer’s game-winner Thursday night with one second remaining in overtime established a new Admirals franchise record for latest goal in overtime. The previous mark was held by Mark Mowers, who lit the lamp against the Cleveland Barons with just two seconds to play in OT on October 19, 2001.

THE FIRST TIME…Dov Grumet-Morris picked up his first win as an Admiral Thursday night in the team’s 5-4 OT victory in Iowa after being recalled Monday from Cincinnati of the ECHL. The Evanston, IL native stopped 19 of 23 shots last night, including 12 saves in the third period alone. Grumet-Morris has posted a 20-3-1 record with a 2.37 GAA and a .914 save percentage for the Cyclones.

FABULOUS FOUR…The Admirals five-goal output against Iowa Thursday night upped their season record to an impressive 20-1 when they score four or more goals in a game. Conversely, the team is only 10-22-3-2 when they light the lamp three or fewer times. Thursday’s game was just the fifth time this season that the Ads have won when allowing four or more goals and it was just the third time this year that they have been victorious after trailing entering the third period.

BACK-TO-BACK…The home-and-home set that the Admirals and IceHogs will finish this week is the seventh of 12 times that the Ads will battle the same opponent in consecutive games. So far this year the Admirals are 8-4 in back-to-back affairs with an identical 4-2 mark at home and on the road. The Ads are in the midst of three straight games versus Rockford, a scheduling quirk that will also happen when they battle Houston three consecutive times to finish out the regular season on April 11-13.

WORKING OVERTIME…Milwaukee need overtime to decide their first two games this week, Tuesday against Quad City and Thursday versus Iowa. On the season the Admirals have played just 11 overtime/shoot-out contests and they have posted a 3-3 record in games decided in OT and a 3-2 mark in shoot-outs. Last season the Ads set an AHL record by playing in 29 overtime and shoot-out affairs.

GO WEST YOUNG MAN…Wednesday’s game in Rockford is the last in a six-game stretch that has seen the Admirals play only team’s from the West Division. The streak has been all about the IceHogs as four of the six contests were against their new West Division rivals. So far this season the Admirals have posted a 22-17-3-2 record against teams from their own division, including a 3-2 mark in the current span.. Milwaukee will finish their season with nine consecutive intra-divisional 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.
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