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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Feb. 3)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Three Games on Tap This Weekend

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 31-12-2-2 record and 66 points, which puts them in first place in the West Division. The Ads lead second place Rockford by ten points, top Iowa by 13 points, are up 14 on the Houston Aeros, and outpace fifth-place Chicago by 15 points. Milwaukee has won their last three games and has posted a 7-3 mark in their last ten contests. The Admirals will play three games this week, all on the weekend. The team starts by hosting Rockford on Friday night the BC before traveling to Chicago on Saturday night for a 7:00 pm fray and then finishing the week with a 4:00 pm matinee against Peoria on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee.

VS. ROCKFORD…The Admirals kick off the week by hosting Rockford on Friday night at the Bradley Center. So far the season the Ads are 3-1-0-1 against the Hogs, including a 3-1 win the last time the two teams met on January 24th in Rockford. The IceHogs won the first match-up this season with a 4-3 shoot-out win on October 18th in Milwaukee, then the Admirals posted a 2-1 shoot-out win in Rockford on November 12th before the Hogs took a 5-2 win at the BC and the Ads won 4-2 on December 12th in Milwaukee. The two squads will square-off ten times this season, with five contests at each team’s building.

VS. CHICAGO…The Admirals travel to their closest rival on Saturday night, their second trip of the season to Chicago and the fourth match-up overall. The Ads won the most recent match-up between the two squads with a 5-4 win last Friday at the BC. In the first game this year between the two rivals, the Wolves took a 5-3 decision on October 25th at the Bradley Center, before the Admirals got revenge with a 5-3 win at the All-State Arena on December 27th. The two teams will certainly get to know each other in the coming days as they will face-off four times from January 30th to February 20th. This is the 15th season that the two rivals will do battle and the Admirals have compiled a 77-50-1-17 record in 145 lifetime meetings. Out of those 145 contests, 106 of them have been decided by one or two goals.

VS. PEORIA…The Admirals play host to the Peoria Rivermen on Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center, the sixth meeting of the season between the two squads. Peoria won the first game of the year between the two clubs, a 4-1 decision on October 17th, but the Ads have won the last four, including a 6-3 win on October 24th at the BC, a 4-1 win on November 26th in Milwaukee, a 3-1 win in Peoria on New Year’s Eve, and a 2-0 victory on January 3rd at the Bradley Center.. Since the Rivermen joined the AHL in 2005-06, Milwaukee has a 21-6-2-2 mark against them.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals began their post All-Star break action with a 5-4 win over Chicago Friday night. Kelsey Wilson scored twice in 37 seconds late in the third period to erase a 4-3 deficit and complete the comeback. Cody Franson chipped in a goal and two assists in the contest, while Ryan Maki (1g-1a) and Mike Santorelli (2a) each contributed two points. Then on Saturday night, Ads netminder Drew MacIntyre notched 35 saves and Hugh Jessiman and Patric Hornqvist each tallied goals to lead Milwaukee to a 2-1 win over Quad City.

Admirals forward Mike Santorelli tied an Admirals AHL record when he scored just 12 seconds into the team’s 3-1 win over Rockford on January 24th. The previous AHL record was 13 seconds, set on December 22nd, 2007 by Josh Langfeld against the Quad City Flames. The team’s franchise mark was established on March 18th, 1983 when Derek Davis lit the lamp only five seconds into the Ads’ home game with the Flint Generals. That goal not only set a team record, but it also set an IHL record that stood until the league folded in 2000.

The Admirals were well represented at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic last weekend in Worcester, MA. Cal O’Reilly, Mike Santorelli, and Cody Franson all suited up for team Canada in the skills competition on Sunday and then the all-star game itself on Monday night. Unfortunately for the trio, they were on the short end of the stick as team Canada surrendered nine third period goals and lost to the PlanetUSA squad by a final score of 14-11. O’Reilly notched a goal in the contest, while Franson chipped in an assist.

HOME, SWEET HOME…Beginning Friday night, nine of the Admirals’ next 11 games and 15 of their next 18 contests will be at the friendly confines of the Bradley Center, including a season long five-game homestand from February 8th to the 19th. In addition, following tonight’s overnight trip to Quad City, the team won’t spend another night in a hotel until February 27th. So far this season the Ads have posted a 15-4-0-2 record which is the best home winning percentage in the AHL.

MAD SKILLS…Ads forward Mike Santorelli became just the third player in AHL history to go a perfect 4-for-4 in the accuracy shooting event at the All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday. The event requires a player to hit four targets placed on the four corners of the goal. For his performance Santorelli was honored with the most accurate shot title at the event. Teammate Cody Franson finished as the runner-up in the hardest shot contest with a blast of 95.3 miles per hour.

GETTING THE CALL…The Predators have recalled forward Ryan Jones and defenseman Alexander Sulzer from the Admirals. Jones has eight points (4g-4a) in 21 games during three stints with Nashville this season. In 25 games with the Admirals, he has 22 points (13g-9a) and is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals, including the game-winner last Saturday in Rockford. Sulzer made his NHL debut during his first career recall on Jan. 15 at Montreal, becoming the first German-born player to suit up for the Predators. The 6-1, 196-pound blueliner ranks third among AHL defensemen in points (31), and tied for third in goals. He is also third on the Admirals in both points and assists (23), in addition to being second on the club in power-play points (15).

Sulzer’s second recall of the season did not get off to a good start. After being on the ice for just 1:17 last Wednesday night in Vancouver, Sulzer was hit by former Predator Darcy Hordichuk and had to leave the game. The hit separated Sulzer’s shoulder and will sideline the blueliner for the next three to four weeks.

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 and click on the AHL Live banner.

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