ADMIRALS REST PERIOD ENDS
Three Games this Week Trigger Busy Period
OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 5-4-0-1 record and 11 points which puts them tied for sixth place in the AHL’s West Division. This week the Admirals will play three games, beginning with a road tilt on Wednesday at Rockford before hosting a pair of home games this weekend: Saturday versus the IceHogs and Sunday against Grand Rapids. After playing just one game in the span of ten days, this Wednesday’s contest kicks off a ten game in 19-day stretch.
VS. ROCKFORD… The Admirals and IceHogs will play a home-and-home series this week beginning with Wednesday’s 7:00 pm start time in Rockford and concluding with a 1:00 pm matinee on Saturday at the Bradley Center. In their only other meeting of the season, the IceHogs spoiled Milwaukee’s home opener with a 4-3 shoot-out win on October 18th. In 2007-08 the Admirals registered a 4-5-0-1 mark against the Hogs with a 2-2-0-1 record at the BC. The two squads will again square-off ten times this season, with five contests at each team’s building.
VS. GRAND RAPIDS…The Admirals will finish the week by hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 pm. The Ads have topped the Griffins in their first two meetings this year, sweeping a home-and-home set October 31st and November 1st. Last year Milwaukee posted a 6-2 mark against the Grifs, with identical 3-1 records at the Bradley Center and the Van Andel Arena. In 91 regular season contests between the two squads, the Admirals have a 39-36-7-9 record.
LAST WEEK…Milwaukee made the most of their light schedule last week, beating the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 in a shoot-out on Friday night in the lone game. Defenseman Alexander Sulzer posted his first goal of the season with just 11 seconds to play in the game to tie the score and force overtime. After a scoreless OT period, Mike Santorelli and Andreas Thuresson each posted goals in the shoot-out and Drew MacIntyre thwarted all four Rampage attempts to secure the Admirals third consecutive win.
THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP…The Admirals welcomed back their Captain Nolan Yonkman to the ice on Friday for the first time this season as the veteran blueliner has missed the first nine games of the year recovering from off-season surgery. Yonkman, who served as an alternate captain for the previous two seasons in Milwaukee, has 20 points (3g-17a) and 116 penalty minutes in 146 career games as an Admiral. Alexander Sulzer and Cal O’Reilly will serve as alternate captains for the Ads this season.
THE GREAT EIGHT…With an assist on Alexander Sulzer’s game-tying goal last Friday night, Admirals center Cal O’Reilly extended his point streak to eight games, the team’s longest streak since he posted a nine-gamer last season. During the stretch the O’Reilly has posted 12 points (4g-8a) and collected the team’s only three-point game of the season with a goal and two assists November 1st in Grand Rapids. The Toronto, ON native leads the Admirals with 13 points and has at least a point in each game that Milwaukee has scored.
SHOOT-OUT SUCCESS…Admirals Head Coach Lane Lambert looks to Mike Santorelli to lead off the team’s shoot-out attempts and for good reason: the second year pro converts more often than not. Santorelli has converted on both his chances this season, including one in Friday’s night’s win over San Antonio, after going 3-for-8 during his rookie campaign. Throw in a successful penalty shot last season and the Vancouver, BC native is now 6-for-11 in career shoot-out/penalty shot attempts.
GOOD TIMING… Alexander Sulzer picked a great time to notch his first goal of the season. The Ads defenseman scored with 11 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at one on Friday night against San Antonio, a game which Milwaukee eventually won in a shoot-out. Sulzer is currently third on the team in scoring with eight points, the first seven of which came via an assist. Plus, of those seven assists, which are tied for fourth in the AHL among defensemen, six have come while the Ads are on the power-play. In 2007-08, his first season in North America, Sulzer lit the lamp seven times and added 25 assists in 61 games played.
DOUBLE-HEADERS…The home-and-home set that the Admirals and IceHogs will play this week is the second of 12 times that Milwaukee will play the same opponent in back-to-back contests. Following their pair with Rockford, the Admirals will play Grand Rapids for two straight, and then follow that up with a two consecutive frays with Iowa. The Ads swept their first two games against the same opponent, topping Grand Rapids on October 31st and then again on November 1st.
ALUMNI WATCH…Former Admirals forward Vern Fiddler finally got off the schneid last Thursday night when he picked up his first goal of the season for Nashville in their 7-6 loss to Calgary. Fiddler’s marker game via a penalty shot after he was hooked from behind on a breakaway. Currently in his fourth full season of NHL action, the Edmonton, ALTA native has 78 points (35g-43a) in 237 career games with the Preds. Fiddler played in parts of four seasons with Milwaukee and helped the Admirals to the 2004 Calder Cup Championship.
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.