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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Mar. 11)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 34-25-3-2 record and 73 points, good for a fourth-place tie in the West Division with Houston. The Admirals and Aeros are just one point ahead of fifth-place Peoria and six points up on seventh-place Quad City. The Admirals continue their six-game homestand with three games this week beginning on Tuesday night when they host Hamilton before Peoria comes calling on both Friday and Sunday.


VS. PEORIA…Milwaukee and Peoria square off this week in a pair of important West Division contests at the Bradley Center. So far this year the Admirals are 3-3 so far this year against the Rivemen. Peoria won the first two games against the Ads, posting a 4-2 win on opening night and a 3-2 victory January 4th before Milwaukee got a 5-4 win on January 20th. The teams split the next two, with the Rivermen winning 4-3 on January 26th and the Ads taking a 7-3 decision on February 2nd, before Milwaukee prevailed 3-2 in their most recent match-up. While this is just the third season for Peoria in the American League, the Ads and Rivermen/Prancers have a rivalry that dates back to their days in the International Hockey League where the two teams battled 164 times with the Ads posting an 83-69-3-9 mark in those games.

VS. HAMILTON…The Admirals host Hamilton on Tuesday night in the defending Calder Cup Champions lone visit to the Bradley Center this season. Earlier this year the Ads topped the Bulldogs 2-1 in Hamilton on December 8th. Last season the Ads and Bulldogs split four games with the home team holding serve in each contest. All-time against the ‘Dogs Milwaukee has posted a 9-7-1-2 record, including a 6-2-1-1 mark in Milwaukee.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals picked up wins in both of their games last week, topping Grand Rapids 4-2 on Thursday before beating Rockford 3-2 on Saturday. Thursday evening Rich Peverley finished the night with two goals and Jason Guerriero added two assists to pace the Admirals offense, while Pekka Rinne stopped 29 shots to earn his 29th win of the season. Then on Saturday, third period goals by Guerriero and Andreas Thuresson lifted the Admirals to a come-from-behind victory over the IceHogs.

CENTER OF ATTENTION…Admirals Center Rich Peverley has picked up where he left off after being reassigned to the Admirals from Nashville late last month. The team’s leading scorer when he was recalled January 14th, Peverley has posted 16 points (5g-11a) in his last eight games, including two goals Thursday night and a goal and an assist on Saturday. The Guelph, ON native picked up his first career NHL goal on January 24th against Phoenix and is currently second on the Milwaukee roster in scoring with 54 points in just 45 AHL games.

THE BIG 3-OH…With his win on Saturday night against the IceHogs, Pekka Rinne picked up his 30th victory of the season and became just the second goaltender in Admirals history to post two 30-win seasons. The Kempele, Finland native also broke the 30-win plateau in his rookie season of 2005-06. Selected to play in this year’s AHL All-Star Classic, Rinne is 30-23-2 this season with a 2.58 goals against average, a.906 save percentage, and has posted four shutouts. He leads the league in wins (30), saves (1390), and games played (57). Rich Sirois is the other netminder to post a pair of 30-win campaigns, when he did it in back-to-back seasons in 1981-82 and 1982-83.

HOME, SWEET HOME…Tuesday’s game is the third of a season long six-game homestand for the Admirals that runs through the team’s contest against Iowa on March 21st. The stretch features four games against West Division foes, including a pair of contests against the Peoria Rivermen, who the Ads trial by just one point in the standings. It is the longest homestand for the team since a franchise-record nine-game span in February/March of 2005. Milwaukee is 17-11-1-1 on Bradley Center ice so far this season.

REMAINING HATLESS…Rich Peverley lit the lamp twice Thursday night against Grand Rapids, marking the 19th time this season that an Admirals player has scored twice, but the team is still looking for its first hat-trick of the year. Antti Pihlstrom has tallied a pair of goals in the same game four times this year, while Janne Niskala and Josh Langfeld have each done it on three occasions. The last time an Admiral posted a hat trick was March 10th of last season when Chris Durno did the deed against Chicago.

IRON MEN…With 16 games to go in the season, the Ads have four players on their roster who have played in every game, led by captain Alex Henry. Rookie forward Mike Santorelli, center Cal O’Reilly, and defenseman Janne Niskala are the other three who have suited up in every contest. In addition, goaltender Pekka Rinne has played in 57 games this year which is five more than any other netminder in the league.

PLAYOFF PUSH…The 2007-08 season comes to an end five weeks from today and the Admirals are currently embroiled in a race to make the post-season. The Ads are tied for fourth-place with Houston in the West Division with 73 points. The top four teams in the division make the playoffs, and the fifth place squad in the West will qualify if they have more points than the fourth place team in the North Division. Peoria occupies the fifth position in the West with 72 points, while Hamilton holds down the fourth spot in the North with 69. The Quad City Flames are only just six points behind Milwaukee and Houston with 67 points as well.

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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