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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Mar. 17)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
ADMIRALS RETURN TO THE BRADLEY CENTER FRIDAY

Team Concludes Five-Game Swing Wednesday

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 42-16-3-5 record and 92 points, which puts them in first place in the West Division. The Ads lead a log-jam of teams in second through fifth place in the division. Houston currently holds onto second place with 75 points, followed by Chicago with 73, and then Rockford (72), Peoria (72), and Iowa (68). The Admirals have picked up at least a point in seven straight games (5-0-0-2) and are 6-2-0-2 in their last ten contests. The Ads finish up a five-game road trip on Wednesday in Lake Erie before returning to the Bradley Center for games on Friday against Lake Erie and Sunday versus Hamilton.

VS. LAKE ERIE… Milwaukee and Lake Erie will play a home-and-home set this week, beginning on Wednesday in Cleveland and finishing on Friday night at the Bradley Center, the first ever visit to the BC by the Monsters. Lake Erie is in their second season and is the primary developmental affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. The two squads played their first ever game back on October 22nd, a contest that the Monsters won 4-3. While this is the Admirals and Monsters have played just once, the Ads have been visiting Cleveland for over many years, dating back to the Cleveland Lumberjacks days in the IHL and, more recently, the Cleveland Barons days in the AHL. Prior to October’s game, the last time Milwaukee played in Cleveland was on January 28th, 2006 when they defeated the Barons 4-2.

VS. HAMILTON…The Admirals will play host to Hamilton on Sunday afternoon, the lone visit of the season by the Bulldogs. Milwaukee won the first match-up between the two clubs this season with a 5-4 victory on December 4th at the Copps Coliseum. In 20 all-time meetings with Hamilton, the Ads have recorded an 11-7-1-2 mark, including a 6-2-1-2 record at the Bradley Center.

90/40 CLUB…By picking up a point in their shoot-out loss to Chicago Saturday night the Admirals became the first franchise in AHL history to earn at least 90 points and 40 wins in six consecutive seasons. During that time the Ads have accumulated at least 95 points in every season, and topped the century mark on three occasions, with a high-water mark of 108 points in the 2005-06 campaign. Milwaukee won the Calder Cup Championship in the 2003-04 season, the organization’s first professional title, and made it to the finals in 05-06. The Admirals started the streak with 46 wins and 102 points in 2003-04, followed by 47 wins and 103 points in 2004-05, 49 wins and 108 points in 2005-06, 41 wins and 96 points 2006-07, and 44 wins and 95 points last season. So far this year the Ads have 42 wins and 92 points with 14 games to play.

OVERTIME ISSUES…The Admirals have struggled lately in games that are decided beyond regulation, as the team dropped their seventh consecutive overtime/shoot-out game on Saturday night in Chicago. Three of the losses have come during the five-minute overtime session (each of those games ended in a 2-1 final score), while the other four losses have been in a shoot-out, including a 15-round decision on March 8th against Quad City. The seven-game losing skid comes on the heels of six consecutive OT/shoot-out wins. Milwaukee’s record in games decided after regulation currently sits at 6-8.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST END…
Forward Patric Hornqvist’s eight game goal scoring streak came to an end Saturday night in the team’s 5-4 shoot-out loss to Chicago. The streak was the longest for an Admiral since the team joined the AHL and it was the second longest in the league this season. The Sollentuna, Sweden native’s goal scoring streak was part of nine consecutive games where he recorded at least a point. So far in his rookie campaign, Hornqvist has posted 35 points (17g-18a) in 47 games for the Ads, and notched two goals and five assists in 20 games with Nashville.

DECKED OUT…
Netminder Mark Dekanich swatted away an Admirals season high 46 saves in the team’s 3-2 win over Rockford on Wednesday night, including 18 stops in the final period alone. The Colgate University alum turned aside 16 attempts in the first, 12 shots in the second stanza, and then 18 in the third. The 46-save performance was the most for a Milwaukee goalie since Dov Grumet-Morris made 50 saves on April 2 in San Antonio last year. On the season, Dekanich has posted a 12-8-2 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

BACK ON TRACK…Admirals center Mike Santorelli seems to have recovered his scoring touch with the flip of the calendar. In six games so far in March, the Vancouver, BC native has already notched ten points (3g-7a), including at least a point in the month’s first six games, after recording just three points during all of February. On the season Santorelli is second on the team’s roster with 58 points on 19 goals and 39 assists and he also earned his first NHL call-up, playing six games with Nashville earlier in the year.

COMING IN BUNCHES…
Admirals center Cal O’Reilly has posted 13 goals on the season, and five of them have come in just two games. The Toronto, ON native posted a pair of markers on Wednesday night in Rockford and recorded a hat trick on February 8th against Peoria. O’Reilly is currently riding a seven-game scoring streak that has seen him total 12 points (2g-10a) in that span. He also received the first call-up of his career last month and posted an assist in his first NHL game on February 28th against Detroit.

HIT THE ROAD JACK…Wednesday’s game in Cleveland against the Lake Erie Monsters is the final contest in a five-game road trip for the Admirals. The swing started on March 8th in Quad City and was followed with games in Rockford, Chicago and Grand Rapids. Following Wednesday’s game the Ads will return home to the Bradley Center on Friday, March 20th at 7:00 pm versus the Monsters. So far this season Milwaukee has posted an 19-10-2-2 record away from the BC, including a 7-2-1 mark in their two other five-game swings combined, and a 2-0-0-2 mark on this trip

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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