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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Mar. 4)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

The American Hockey League announced Monday that Milwaukee Admirals center Cal O'Reilly has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for February. O'Reilly led all AHL scorers with 24 points on five goals and 19 assists in 16 games last month.

O'Reilly began the month with a pair of big games, tallying a goal and two assists in a 5-4 win over Chicago on Feb. 1 and dishing out four assists in 7-3 win at Peoria on Feb. 2. His seven-point weekend earned him Rbk/AHL Player of the Week honors. O'Reilly then registered the first five-point game by an Admiral this season (1g, 4a) in a 6-4 victory at Grand Rapids on Feb. 16, and came back with two goals and an assist in a 4-0 win at Rockford on Feb. 17. He also assisted on the game-tying goal in what would be a 5-4 overtime win at Iowa on Feb. 21.

A second-year pro and a 2005 draft choice by the Nashville Predators, O'Reilly ranks third in the AHL in assists (51) and points (64) and leads Milwaukee in plus/minus rating (+12) while appearing in all 62 games so far this season. The 21-year-old Toronto native led all AHL rookies in 2006-07 with 47 assists and was the Admirals' second-leading scorer with 65 points in 78 contests.

The Admirals continued another strong week on the ice as they inch closer and closer to the conclusion of the regular season. So just what did they do? Well, they got the week started off on the right foot as they avenged two straight losses to the Rockford IceHogs with a 4-3 victory, thanks in part to a late goal by Antti Pihlstrom. Unfortunately, the Admirals couldn’t find the same magic on Friday night as the Providence trap shut down the Ads offence allowing only one goal in the 3-1 loss. The lone goal was scored by Alexander Sulzer.

The Admirals would finish the week on a high note as they beat bitter rival Chicago 6-4. The Ads went an incredible 5-7 on the power play, and their final goal was an empty-netter! Six different players scored goals for the Admirals and Rich Peverley led the team with a goal and three assists.

So, what’s in store for the rest of the season? Here’s the picture:
Games Remaining: 18
Record: 32-25-3-2 (69 pts.)
Games against West Division teams: 16
Games against Rockford and San Antonio: 3
Games against Houston: 5
Games on the Road: 7
Standings: 5th Place in West Division (69 pts)
- 1 Point behind Peoria (2 games remaining vs. PEO)
- 2 points ahead of Houston
Playoffs: With the crossover rule in effect (SYR in 4th place in North Division has 67 pts.), the Admirals would face the #1 seed in the North Division, The Toronto Marlies (38-14-2-5)

In response to the colossal news out of Green Bay this morning and in order to pay homage to The Gun-Slinging QB and his historic career, the Milwaukee Admirals are offering free tickets to any person named Brett or anyone wearing a number 4 jersey to the Admirals game this Thursday, March 6th when they take on the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center.

Those people christened with the name Brett or those wearing their number 4 jersey (Ville Koistinen and Paul Molitor fans are welcome, too) may get their tickets at the Bradley Center Box office window beginning at 5:00 pm on Thursday afternoon.

And speaking of Bretts, Poison front-man and star of VH1’s Rock of Love Bret Michaels will perform live in concert following the Admirals 7:30 pm game this Saturday, March 8th. The concert is free with a game ticket.

Let's hear what you think!
In case you missed it, ESPN named Mike Eruzione’s famous goal in the 1980 Olympics the Greatest Highlight ever. (You can view it here) The goal propelled the United States to a victory against USSR and eventual goal medal victory over Finland. An upstart team, made up of primarily collegiate players, did what is now known as the “Miracle on Ice”. While ESPN has called the surprising victory for the hockey clip, can you think of a more exciting moment in hockey history? If you can top it, we would love to know what you think!

(Editor's Note: Each week we'll offer up a book that will be worth turning off the TV for but not skipping the Ads games. A book is no excuse!)

Reflections on a Hockey Season: The 2007 NHL Year in Photographs
By: The National Hockey League
If you’ve ever wanted to have a coffee table book for hockey, this one should be at the top of your list. A book made up of the coolest pictures from the 2007 seasons, you’ll be wondering where these cameramen must have been sitting to get these amazing shots.

But don’t just take it from me: “I was very pleasantly surprised when my book arrived. Upon opening it, I was extremely happy with the great photos compiling last season’s action in the NHL. I'm presently trying to decide which photo I will use as reference for a painting for the entertainment room at home. Great job.”

Clifton Park, NY
Rating: 5 out of 5 Pucks

Your Geography 101 lesson for the day starts now.
Editor’s note: Some of you probably know more about the Admirals players than we do. We’ll refrain from bring you a player profile in order to bring you factoids about the hometowns of our current players. Enjoy!

Player: #11 – John Vigilante
Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan, USA
Population: 97,775
Size: 24.5 sq. Miles
· Birthplace of Henry Ford, Dearborn is best known as being the world headquarters for the Ford Motor Company.
· Dearborn was known nationally for its de facto racial segregation under Mayor Orville L. Hubbard, whose 36 year tenure ended in 1978. Hubbard became the most famous segregationist north of the Mason-Dixon line and openly admitted to allowing the use of intimidation tactics against African-American families looking to move to Dearborn.
· Famous Residents:
o William Dear — director of the films Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Angels in the Outfield (1994), and Santa Who? (2000)
o Henry Ford — businessman, founder of Ford Motor Corporation, Henry Ford Hospital, and the Henry Ford Museum
o Al Iafrate - Retired NHL Defenseman
o Bob Seger — singer-songwriter of Turn the Page, Night Moves, and Like a Rock
Source: Wikipedia

Admirals Rewind
Starting the engine of the way-back machine…
Editor’s note: We’ve dug through our collection of clips to bring you a video that we think deserves the right to be viewed again. If you’ve got a favorite clip, E-mail it to us and you might just see it here!

While we at the Admirals do not condone fighting, we certainly do enjoy a good scrap when it happens. The Admirals and IceHogs have had their fair share of them over the past few games and this week’s clip is and example of one such time. The second fight is the better of the two, but maybe even more enjoyable is the cameraman yelling at the players! Enjoy!

#3– Cal O’Reilly
While Cal had just two assists this week, he’ll take the third star based on February. Getting the CCM/AHL Player of the Month Award is worth another nod.

#2 – Antti Philstrom
Antti put together four points this week, 3 goals and an assist. But the highlight came as he scored the game winning goal against the rough IceHogs.

#1 – Rich Peverley
There was a reason why the Admirals were so glad to get Rich Peverley back from Nashville. Rich put together an eight point week, tallying a goal and seven assists. He also tallied two playmakers at Rockford and Chicago.

(Ed Note: These rules come from the USA Hockey Rulebook.)
The goalkeeper, in the act of proceeding to his players’ bench, unintentionally bumps into another player and loses possession of his stick in front of his goal. The goalkeeper does not retrieve the stick and continues to the bench. The puck then hits the stick. Is a penalty required in this situation?

Answer: Yes - a goal must be awarded. Rule Reference 621(b) and 615(b) Note 2.

It makes no difference whether or not the goalkeeper deliberately left his stick in front of the goal. It is the responsibility of the goalkeeper to keep the area near his net clear of objects that may prevent the scoring of a goal. If the puck hits the goalkeeper’s stick in front of the goal, and the goalkeeper is in the act of leaving or has left the ice, a goal must be awarded.

If you haven’t done so already, go circle your calendar right now for March 8th. We’ll wait… Done? Get ready to give your ears some lovin’ too as Brett Michaels will perform a post-game concert for everyone in attendance. The former lead singer of Poison (and current VH1 star) will rock for the crowd after the Admirals take on the Rockford IceHogs (again!?) in what is sure to be an important playoff battle.

You can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (414) 276-4545 or online at For more information or to order group tickets call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.

Well fans… that will do it for the latest edition of The Admirals Report! We’ve laughed, cried, and shared an awkward moment or two. We welcome any comments or feedback about future issues. Also, you can send any questions for the team to The best questions of the week will be posted in next week’s newsletter with a response, so bring it on! For a better chance of having your question answered, please include your name and hometown. Thanks for your help and see you this Friday! Let’s Rock!
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