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Milwaukee Admirals Update: Jan. 18

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

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OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with an 24-13-1-5 record and 54 points, good for first-place in the tightly packed West Division where first through sixth is separated by just seven points. The Admirals lead second place Rockford (53) by just one point and third place Texas (52) by two. Chicago (50), Peoria (48), and Houston (47) are clustered together in fourth through sixth place. The AHL All-Star break takes place the first four days of the week, before the Admirals play three games in three nights over the weekend. Milwaukee will host Chicago on Friday night at the Bradley Center before flying to San Antonio for a pair of games with the Rampage on Saturday and Sunday.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals had their four-game winning streak snapped in ignominious fashion with a 7-2 loss to Chicago Wednesday afternoon. The Ads surrendered three goals in 67 seconds in the first period and allowed four more in the second on the way to the loss. Hugh Jessiman provided all of the scoring for the Ads, recording both of the team’s goals on the power-play. Milwaukee rebounded nicely with a 7-2 win of their own over the Moose Friday night. Seven different Ads lit the lamp, while Peter Olvecky chipped in three assists. The Ads followed that up with a 6-2 win over the Moose on Saturday night. Colin Wilson posted a goal and three assists, while Chris Mueller netted a pair of tallies.

HOME, SWEET HOME…It was quite a homecoming last weekend for Winnipeg natives Colin Wilson and Chet Pickard, as the duo helped the Admirals take a pair of the games over the Moose at the MTS Centre. Wilson tallied six points (2g-4a) in the wins, including a career best four point performance on Saturday night, while Pickard turned aside 21 shots to earn the win on Saturday night. The wins gave the Admirals a sweep of the season series against the Moose, the first time since the 2000-01 season where Milwaukee has swept a season series of more than two games. Coincidentally, it was Manitoba who the Ads swept back in 00-01.

MUELLER TIME…Forward Chris Mueller had a career weekend from an offensive standpoint in the Ads sweep of the Moose. The Buffalo, NY native combined to total five points on three goals and two assists and was +5 in the two games. Mueller finished with a goal and an assist on Friday evening, his first career multi-point game, and then scored a pair of markers, added a helper, and was +4 on Saturday. On the season Mueller has produced 18 points (8g-10a) and is third on the team with a +14 rating.

WELCOME BACK…The Predators have reassigned center Cal O’Reilly to the Admirals. In his most recent call-up O’Reilly played in four games and posted three assists, including two helpers in the Preds 5-3 win over Edmonton on Tuesday. The Toronto, ON native now shows four points (0g-4a) and a +3 rating in 13 games with the Predators this season. Named to the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic, O’Reilly has recorded 36 points (9g-27a) in 32 games for the Admirals this season, including an assist on Saturday night. He leads the team in points, assists, and plus/minus rating (+16). In his fourth season with Milwaukee, O’Reilly has totaled 249 points (56g-193a) in 259 career games. Since Milwaukee joined the AHL in 2001 he is the franchise leader in assists and is second in points.

ALL-STAR FESTIVITIES…O’Reilly is the Admirals lone representative in this year’s AHL All-Star Classic, which will take place today and tomorrow in Portland, ME. The event kicks off with the Skills Competition tonight at 7:00 pm CT and culminates with the AHL All-Star Game on Tuesday night at 5:00 pm CT. Admirals fans can watch both the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game on Time Warner Cable Sports 32. The Skills Competition will be shown live, while the All-Star game will air at 7:00 pm CT.

LIGHTING THE LAMP…The Admirals saw seven different players score their goals in the victory over the Moose Friday night. It was the second time this season that Milwaukee has had seven players tally goals in a single game and it ties the franchise’s AHL record for most players to score in a game. The only other time the Ads have had that many skaters find the back of the net was a 9-3 win over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks on November 18, 2004.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE MOOSE…Triston Grant is on pace to set career offensive highs this season, and the Admirals winger has been particularly successful against the Moose this year. Grant has tallied four points (3g-1a), including a goal Friday night, in the four games against Manitoba this season. Those three markers are almost half of his goal output (7) for his other 33 contests. For the year the Neepawa, MB native has 14 points (7g-7a) and is second on the team with 89 penalty minutes.

GETTING HOT…Admirals forward Hugh Jessiman posted a goal and an assist Friday night for his second consecutive multi-point game and third straight with at least a point. On Wednesday Jessiman notched both of the Ads goals in their loss to Chicago, his first multi-goal game of the season. January has been the New York native’s most productive month this season with three goals and four assists. On the year, Jessiman has 16 points (9g-7a) to go along with 38 penalty minutes while playing in all 43 of the Admirals games.

GETTING BUSY…The 17 games that the Admirals will play in January are one shy of the franchise record of 18 contests in one calendar month, set on two occasions: March of 2003 and December of 1979. This is the fourth time that the Ads have played 17 games in a month and the first since January of 1992. The ten road games for the team are two shy of the club record of 12, which occurred in November of 2002. So far this month the Admirals are 6-3-0-1.

DUBIOUS DESTINCTIONS…The Admirals loss to Chicago on Wednesday provided a number of statistical worst performances for the club. The seven goals the Ads surrendered tied a season high for goals allowed and the four markers they gave up in the second period was the most they have coughed up in one period. The 14 seconds between the Wolves second and third goals was also the quickest that an opponent has scored back-to-back this year. The lone bright spot was on the penalty front, as the Admirals were whistled for just one infraction, which matched a season low for the 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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