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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Nov. 18)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Team Heads to Iowa for First Meeting with Chops

The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 7-5-0-1 record and 15 points which puts them in fifth place in the AHL’s West Division. The Admirals play three games this week, starting with a home contest with Grand Rapids on Tuesday before making their first visit to Iowa this weekend for a pair of contests with the Chops. After playing just one game in the span of ten days to start November, Milwaukee is now in the midst of a stretch where they play 10 games in 19 days.

VS. GRAND RAPIDS…The Admirals will start the week by hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins Tuesday night in the second of back-to-back games versus the Grifs. The Ads have topped the Griffins in their first three meetings this year, sweeping a home-and-home set October 31st and November 1st and then holding on for a 5-4 victory Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center. 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 92 regular season contests between the two squads, the Admirals have a 40-36-7-9 record.

VS. IOWA…The Admirals play their first game against the Iowa Chops this weekend, as they travel to Des Moines for games on Friday and Saturday night. The Chops are affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks and were preceded by the Iowa Stars, who joined the league prior for the 2005-06 season. Last year against the Stars the Admirals posted a 5-2-1 record in eight contests, including a 2-1-1 mark at the Wells Fargo Arena. In 28 career contests with the Stars, Milwaukee posted a 13-10-3-2 mark. The Ads and Chops will face off eight times this season, with four contests at each team’s building.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals won two of three games last week, splitting a home-and-home set with Rockford and then topping Grand Rapids on Sunday afternoon at the BC. On Wednesday, the Ads won their fourth straight game and second consecutive shoot-out with a 2-1 victory in Rockford on Wednesday night. Drew MacIntyre sparkled in net for the Ads, stopping 36 shots and four of five IceHogs shoot-out attempts, while Nick Spaling and Stephen Werner both converted on their shoot-out tries. Saturday afternoon, the IceHogs scored three times in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and end the Ads four-game winning streak. Andreas Thurresson and Triston Grant both lit the lamp for Milwaukee. On Sunday Milwaukee won a wild affair with Grand Rapids, holding on for a 5-4 victory despite giving up three goals in 57 seconds. Cody Franson paced the Admirals with a goal and two assists, while Cal O’Reilly and Mike Santorelli chipped in a pair of assists.

HOT AND COLD…The Admirals power-play unit has been either feast or famine so far this season. The team began the year 0-for-18 on the man-advantage, but then reeled off goals in nine of their next 21 opportunities, an impressive 42.9 conversion rate. However, in the team’s last five games before Sunday they scored on just one power-play in 24 tries, including a 0-for-7 performance Saturday. Then things seemed to come back on Sunday as the Ads lit the lamp twice on the man-advantage in seven opportunities. On the season the Admirals are 12 for 70 (17.1%), which is 14th in the AHL.

DOUBLE-HEADERS…Tuesday’s game against the Griffins is the second of two straight between the two clubs and it marks the third of 12 times that Milwaukee will play the same opponent in back-to-back contests this season. The Ads are currently in a stretch where they play the same team twice in a row for three straight opponents. Milwaukee just finished up a home-and-home set with Rockford Saturday and now host the Grifs for two in a row before traveling to Iowa for a pair of contests with the Chops next weekend. So far this year the Admirals are 4-1 in back-to-back games with the same foe.

ONE-SHOT WONDERS…For the 12th time in franchise history and the seventh since joining the AHL, the Admirals were held to just one shot in a period last night. Grand Rapids outshot the Ads 11-1 in the third period, but Milwaukee was able to hold on to the 5-4 win. The last time the Admirals were held to just one shot in a period was the first stanza of a 1-0 win over Toronto on January 14th, 2007. Milwaukee has never been held without a shot in a period.

QUICK STRIKES…The Admirals got off extremely early leads in both of their games this past weekend, scoring within the first minute of each contest. On Saturday night Andreas Thuresson lit the lamp just 51 seconds into the team’s fray with Rockford, but the Ads couldn’t make the lead stand and they fell 5-2. Then Sunday afternoon Triston Grant beat Grand Rapids netminder Jimmy Howard after 32 ticks of the clock to put Milwaukee on their way to a 5-4 victory. Grant’s marker was the quickest to start a game for the Ads since Josh Langfeld set a club record by scoring just 13 seconds after puck drop on December 21st, 2007 at Quad City.

ONE, TWO, THREE…The Admirals set a new AHL team record last night that Lane Lambert certainly won’t be boasting about. Grand Rapids scored three goals in just 57 seconds during the second period of last night’s game, lighting the lamp at 9:14, 9:37, and 10:11 of the stanza. There is one small silver lining: the goals fell short of the team’s franchise record of 40 seconds, also set by Grand Rapids, albeit the Grand Rapids Owls, set on January 20th, 1978. Coincidently the Admirals also won that game by a score of 5-4.

WORKING OVERTIME…In the course of the Admirals recent four-game winning streak, three of the team’s victories came in either overtime or a shoot-out and all four wins were by one goal. Robert Dietrich’s OT winner October 31st versus Grand Rapids kicked off the stretch and the Ads recorded shoot-out wins against San Antonio on November 7th and Rockford last Wednesday. So far this season Milwaukee has played four games that needed extra time to be decided and ten of the team’s 13 contests have been decided by one or two goals.

ALUMNI WATCH…Former Admirals defenseman Shea Weber was the beneficiary of a little luck to score his team leading eighth goal of the season last night against Los Angeles. With the Predators up 2-1 late in the game, the Kings pulled goaltender Erik Ersberg in favor an extra attacker, LA forward Dustin Brown fired an errant pass that ended up in his own net. Weber was the last Nashville player to touch the puck and thus was credited with the goal. The Sicamous, BC native, who helped the Admirals make it to the 2006 Calder Cup Championship, currently leads NHL defensemen in scoring with 18 points (8g-10a).

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 and click on the AHL Live banner.

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