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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Jan. 20)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
ADMIRALS PLAY THREE BEFORE A BREAK

All-Star Break Begins Following Saturday’s Game

OVERALL…
The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 27-11-2-2 record and 58 points, which puts them in first place in the West Division. The Ads lead the Houston Aeros by ten points, are up 11 on Iowa and Chicago, and lead Rockford and Peoria by 12 points. The Admirals will hit the ice for three games this week, starting on Tuesday night with the second of back-to-back games against Quad City at the Bradley Center. The Ads will then host San Antonio on Friday before finishing the week with a road trip to Rockford on Saturday night.

VS. QUAD CITY… The Admirals and Flames hit the Bradley Center ice again on Tuesday, the back end of two straight between the teams. So far this season the Admirals have notched a 2-1-1 record against Quad City. The Ads won the first two contests between the two teams, taking a 5-2 victory on December 10th in Quad City and then topping the Flames 4-2 on December 26th at the Bradley Center, before Quad City struck a 2-1 OT win on January 2nd at the I Wireless Center and then won 5-2 Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee. The Ads and Flames will square off eight total times this season, with four games at team’s arena.

VS. SAN ANTONIO… The Admirals and Rampage do battle for the sixth and final time this season Friday night at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee has recorded a 4-0-1 mark so far this season against San Antonio. The Ads won the first three match-ups of the year, posting a 3-1 victory on opening night in San Antonio, a 2-1 shoot-out win on November 7th at the BC, and a 6-2 victory on December 29th in Milwaukee. The Rampage then took a 2-1 OT win on January 9th before the Ads posted a 3-1 victory the next night. In seven previous years of match-ups with the Rampage, the Ads have recorded a 35-15-3-5 record with a 20-8-1-0 mark in at the Bradley Center.

VS. ROCKFORD… The Admirals final game before the All-Star break will be in Rockford on Saturday night against the IceHogs. So far the season the Ads are 2-1-0-1 against the IceHogs, including a 4-2 win the last time the teams met on December 12th at the BC. Rockford won the first match-up this season with a 4-3 shoot-out win on October 18th in Milwaukee, while 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 The two squads will again square-off ten times this season, with five contests at each team’s building.

WELCOME BACK…The Nashville Predators have reassigned forwards Ryan Jones and Mike Santorelli to the Admirals. Both players missed six games with Milwaukee while summoned to the parent club. It was the third recall of the season for Jones, who has tallied eight points (4g-4a) in 21 games for the Preds. The Chatham, ON native has 17 points (11g-6a) in 21 games with the Admirals. The promotion was the first of Santorelli’s career and he played six games with Nashville and did not record a point. Selected as an AHL All-Star, Santorelli is second on the Ads roster with 41 points on 13 goals and 28 assists.

GETTING THE CALL…The Admirals have recalled goaltender Kyle Gajewski from the Cincinnati Cyclones after netminder Mark Dekanich was injured in a collision during Saturday night’s game in Iowa. A rookie out of London, ON, Gajewski has posted a 7-10-2 record with a 3.82 goals against average and a .874 save percentage for the Cyclones.

TEAM STREAK…Last Thursday night’s loss to Manitoba snapped a 12-game point streak (9-0-2-1) for the Admirals and it marked their first loss since dropping a 2-0 decision to Grand Rapids on December 20th. That streak was just one shy of the Admirals all-time franchise mark of 13 set from November 4th through December 3rd, 1992. In addition to this run, the Ads have had a number of other significant winning streaks this season. They have won six games in a row on two separate occasions, and recently tied a club record with ten consecutive victories on home ice.

BIG MAC…Admirals goalie Drew MacIntyre picked up the win on Tuesday night to extend his winning streak to six games. In that span the Prince Edward Island native turned aside 161 of 170 shots thrown his way, a .947 save percentage, and picked up his second shutout of the season with a 2-0 whitewashing of Peoria on Jan. 3rd. Unfortunately, the streak came to an end on Wednesday when was saddled with the loss in Manitoba. On the season MacIntyre leads the AHL with 19 wins to go along with a 2.44 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

HALF-WAY MARK…The Admirals began the second half of the season Saturday night, as Wednesday’s game in Winnipeg was their 40th game of the season. At the half-way point the Ads have accumulated a 26-10-2-2 record and 56 points. Last year through 40 games Milwaukee had totaled 44 points and a 20-16-2-2 mark. This season the Admirals have posted 13-2-0-2 record at home so far and a 13-8-2-0 mark away from the BC. At the half-way mark of the 2007-08 season the Ads had registered a 9-7-0-1 home record and a 10-9-2-1 mark on the road.

THE FIRST TIME…Admirals defenseman Alexander Sulzer received his first NHL call-up when he was summoned by Nashville on Wednesday. The Kaufbeuren, Germany native made his NHL debut on Thursday night against Montreal, collecting 11:49 of ice time. Sulzer ranks third among AHL defensemen in both points (29) and assists (22). He is also third on the Admirals in both categories, in addition to being second on the club in power-play goals (4). Through 39 games, the Kaufbeuren, Germany native has already matched his goal total (7), and is just three points shy of his 61-game performance from 2007-08, his first season in North America. Sulzer was reassigned to the Admirals on Saturday.

ON THE ROAD, AGAIN…
Saturday night’s win over Iowa completed the Admirals second five-game road trip of the season. The swing started with a pair of games last weekend in San Antonio and continued to Winnipeg where they battled the Manitoba Moose for a pair of games before finishing the trip in Des Moines on Saturday against the Chops. On their first five game road swing of the year the Ads posted a 4-1 record, while on this trip they notched a 3-1-1 mark. So far this year the Admirals have recorded a 14-8-2 mark on the road.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR…
Three Admirals were selected to participate in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic, presented by Charter Communications, in Worcester, MA on January 25th and 26th. Centers Cal O’Reilly, Mike Santorelli, and defenseman Cody Franson will each skate for Team Canada during the event. Santorelli, who is currently on recall to the Nashville Predators, and O’Reilly are tied for the top spot on the Admirals roster with 41 points, which is also good for fifth in the AHL, while O’Reilly’s 35 assists on the season are good for second in the league. Franson has posted 22 points (5g-17a), good for 9th among league blueliners, in 35 games for the Admirals this season after being selected to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team last year. Both the game and the skills competition will be televised live on Time Warner Sports 32 in southeast Wisconsin.

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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