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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Mar. 18)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
ADMIRALS WINNING STREAK HITS SIX

Stretch Longest for Team Since 2005

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 37-25-3-2 record and 79 points, good for fourth-place in the West Division. The Admirals are just four points up on the fifth-place Houston Aeros and five ahead of sixth-place Peoria. The Admirals have won six consecutive games, all in the month of March, and are 7-3 in their last ten games. This is another light week on the schedule front for the Admirals, who will play just two games: Friday at home versus Iowa and Saturday at Rockford. It is the first time since February 29th and March 1st that the Ads will play back-to-back games.

VS. IOWA…The Admirals and Stars do battle Friday at the Bradley Center in the last meeting between the two clubs this season. Milwaukee is 4-2-1 so far this year against Iowa taking a 4-2 win at the Bradley Center on October 19th and handing the Stars a 7-1 loss in Des Moines on October 21st before the Stars won the next two, topping Milwaukee 1-0 in Iowa on October 30th and then winning 4-1 December 11th. Milwaukee grabbed a 5-1 win over the Stars on December 14th, while the Stars beat the Ads 3-2 in OT on January 11th in Iowa. Most recently the Admirals picked up a 5-4 OT win February 21st in Iowa. In the two-plus seasons that the Stars have been members of the AHL, the Admirals have compiled a 12-10-3-2 record in 27 games.

VS. ROCKFORD…The Admirals and IceHogs hit the ice Friday for the ninth time this season. So far this season the Admirals are 4-3-0-1 against the ‘Hogs. The teams have played four times in Rockford with the Hogs posting a 4-2 win on December 22nd and a 2-0 win February 24th, while the Ads got took home a 5-3 win on New Year’s Eve and a 4-3 victory on February 27th. At the Bradley Center the Hogs have picked up a pair of 3-2 wins: first in a shoot-out on January 12th and also on February 22nd in regulation, while the Admirals won 4-0 on Sunday, February 17th and 3-2 on March 8th at the BC.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals won their three games last week, starting with a 3-0 victory over Hamilton on Tuesday, before posting a 3-2 win against Peoria on Friday and then a 5-2 victory over the Rivermen on Sunday. Against Hamilton, the Admirals struck twice in the second on goals from Jason Guerriero and Matt Ellison. Mike Santorelli also lit the lamp for the Admirals, while Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots to earn his fifth shutout of the season. Against the Rivermen on Friday, Ellison had a hand in each of Milwaukee’s markers, scoring twice and adding an assist, while John Vigilante (1g-1a) and Cal O’Reilly (2a) each collected a pair of points.

GOING STREAKING…With three wins last week the Admirals extended their current winning streak to six games, their most consecutive victories since a seven-game stretch from October 28th to November 16th, 2005. During the span the Admirals have been the beneficiaries of a productive offense, 24 goals scored, and a stingy defense, allowing just 12 opponent tallies. They have tallied at least one power-play goal in each of the games and they have also scored the first goal in each of the wins. Cal O’Reilly (1g-7a), Jason Guerriero (2g-6a), and Rich Peverley (4g-4a), each have eight points during the streak, although Peverley did it in just three contests before being recalled by Nashville. Pekka Rinne has started all six games, posting a 6-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

MILESTONE VICTORY…Milwaukee’s win over Hamilton on Tuesday night was the 700th home victory in professional franchise history. Starting play in the IHL back in the 1977-78 season, the Admirals have played 1255 home games and now have a record of 702-409-60-84, good for a .616 winning percentage. The Admirals have played “home” games in a number of different locations throughout their history, including the Milwaukee Arena, Wilson Park, Green Bay, WI, Madison, WI, and Hougton, MI to name a few. The team has called the Bradley Center home since it opened in 1988-89 and since then the Ads have accumulated a 551-261-17-69 record.

THEIR BEST SHOT…Hamilton’s Kyle Chipchura was awarded a penalty shot on Tuesday night against the Admirals just 3:26 into the first period. It was the second time this season that a Milwaukee opponent has been given a penalty shot. Pekka Rinne has thwarted both of the attempts this year, including Chipchura’s try on Tuesday night. Since joining the AHL in 2001-02 the Ads have faced 15 penalty shots and they have stopped 11 of them.

REMAINING HATLESS…Matt Ellison lit the lamp twice Friday night against Peoria and Josh Langfeld did the same on Sunday, marking the 20th and 21st times this season that an Admirals player has scored twice, but the team is still looking for its first hat-trick of the year. Both Langfeld and Antti Pihlstrom have tallied a pair of goals in the same game four times this year, while Janne Niskala has 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.

HOME, SWEET HOME…The Admirals finish a season-long six-game homestand this Friday when they host Iowa at the Bradley Center. The stretch features four games against West Division Foes. It is the longest homestand for the team since a franchise-record nine-game span in February/March of 2005. Milwaukee is 21-11-1-1 on Bradley Center ice so far this season.

IRON MEN…With 13 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 60 games this year which is five more than any other netminder in the league.

PLAYOFF PUSH…The 2007-08 season comes to an end in less than four weeks and the Admirals are currently embroiled in a race to make the post-season. The Ads are in fourth place in the West with 79 points, four ahead of fifth-place Houston, but the Aeros have four games in hand on the Admirals. 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. Hamilton holds down the fourth spot in the North with 69. Peoria is also a major player in the race as they occupy the sixth spot in the West with 74 points.

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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