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Milwaukee Admirals Update: Jan. 25

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Ads Begin Five-Game Homestand Thursday

OVERALL…The Admirals come into this week’s action with a 26-14-1-5 record and 58 points which puts them atop the West Division standings. Milwaukee leads second place Rockford (57 pts) by just one point, while Texas (55 pts) and Chicago (54) following closely behind in third and fourth. The Admirals will play four games this week beginning Tuesday night in Cedar Park against the Texas Stars. The Ads begin a season long five-game homestand on Thursday night at 7:00 pm against Hamilton before hosting Houston on Friday at 7:00 and Hamilton again on Sunday.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals started the week with a 6-3 loss to the Wolves Friday night in Milwaukee. The Ads gave up goals just nine seconds into first period, 23 seconds into the second, and 1:54 into the third to put themselves behind the eight-ball at the beginning of each stanza. Hugh Jessiman (1g-1a) and Cal O’Reilly (2a) each picked up a pair of points to pace the Ads offense. Then Saturday night the Admirals posted a 3-2 shoot-out win over San Antonio. Wacey Rabbit scored with 2:12 left to play to tie the score at two and send it to overtime. Colin Wilson scored in the eighth round of the shoot-out to give Milwaukee the win. Chet Pickard stopped 28 of 30 shots in regulation and 5-of-8 San Antonio shooters to earn his 11th win of the season. The Admirals experienced déjà vu on Sunday afternoon by taking another win over the Rampage (4-3 this time) in a shoot-out that needed extra frames to be settled. Mike Santorelli scored twice in the game and converted on his chance in the shootout while Rabbit won it with a goal in the seventh round of the shoot-out.

EXORCISING THE DEMONS…After dropping their first five shoot-out contests of the season, and 10 of 11 dating back to last season, the Admirals are experiencing success in the shoot-out. The Admirals have now won three straight shoot-out affairs, including back-to-back wins over San Antonio last weekend. Milwaukee shooters have now converted on nine of their last 19 attempts, including Mike Santorelli who converted on both of his opportunities last weekend. On the season, Mark Santorelli has posted four shoot-out goals, which is tied for third best in the AHL.

GETTING HOT…Admirals forward Hugh Jessiman picked up an assist Saturday night and now shows points in five out of the last seven games. In Friday’s loss to Chicago Jessiman recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick with a goal, assist and a fight all in the third period. January has been the New York native’s most productive month this year with four goals and six assists. On the season, Jessiman has 19 points (10g-9a) to go along with 45 penalty minutes while playing in all 46 of the Admirals games.

BACK-TO-BACK SUCCESS…Milwaukee and San Antonio played their second game in a row Sunday afternoon, which is the seventh time this season that the Admirals have played the same opponent in back-to-back games. The Ads have posted a 10-2-0-2 record in those games with just one of the contests, October 30 against Rockford, taking place on home ice. There are still five more occasions when the Ads have consecutive games versus the same foe.

THREE-IN-THREE…The Admirals played three games in three nights last weekend, posting a 2-1 record in their third three-in-three of the season. So far this year the Ads are 1-2 in the first game, 1-0-1-1 in the second, and 1-2 in the third game for a combined 3-4-1-1 record in three-in-three sets. Milwaukee will have just two more three-in-threes this season.

ON THE ROAD, AGAIN…Given the amount of traveling the Admirals have already done this year it might sound like cruel and unusual punishment, but the team is back out on the road again. Milwaukee has played the most road games in the AHL (29) and the team is in the midst of their second trip of the year to Texas. When the Admirals return from the Lone Star State Wednesday they will have played 30 road games against just 17 home contests. The Admirals road record currently stands at 16-9-1-3. The silver lining is that after January the Ads will have just ten road games left for the remainder of the season.

BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL…The Admirals made life difficult for themselves against Chicago Friday night by surrendering a goal within the first two minutes of the start of each period, including a goal just nine seconds into the game. That marker set a franchise record for the quickest goal allowed to begin a game, breaking the old record of 10 seconds set way back on February 5, 1988 against the Fort Wayne Komets. Previous to Friday night, the fastest goal the Ads have had surrendered against them since joining the AHL was also courtesy of the Wolves. Derek MacKenzie scored 15 seconds into the game on March 5, 2006.

FAMILIAR FACE…The Admirals have signed forward James Sixsmith to a professional try-out contract (PTO). Sixsmith is no stranger to Admiral fans, having suited up for Milwaukee in each of the previous two seasons. Last year the Alexandria, VA native finished the year with three goals and six assist in 24 games with the Admirals, in addition to picking up 27 points in 31 games with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. In 2007-08 Sixsmith had a goal and an assist in 17 games with the Ads. So far this year he has six points (2g-4a) in 21 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) and 23 points (9g-14a) in just 14 games for the Grizzlies.

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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