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Milwaukee Admirals Update: Nov. 23

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Team Drops Three Straight After Five-Game Winning Streak

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 9-5-1-3 record and 22 points, which is good for fifth place in a tightly packed West Division where second through sixth place is separated by just five points. The Admirals conclude their franchise record tying ten-game roadtrip this week with a game Tuesday in Oklahoma City and then a three-in-three this weekend beginning with a 7:30 pm clash versus Texas on Friday, followed by trips to Houston on Saturday and then a 3:00 pm matinee on Sunday afternoon in San Antonio.

LAST WEEK…Milwaukee managed just one point in three games last week as their roadtrip continued down south. The Admirals dropped their first game of the week with a 4-3 shoot-out loss to San Antonio Friday night. The Ads battled back from a 2-0 deficit and took a 3-2 third period lead, but they couldn’t hold it and lost the game in a shoot-out. The Rampage peppered Milwaukee with 52 shots on the night, including 25 in the second period. Then Saturday night the Admirals suffered their first shutout of the season at the hands goalie Richard Bachman and the Texas Stars. That loss snapped a seven game-point streak for Milwaukee. On Sunday afternoon the Admirals dropped their first ever encounter with the Oklahoma City Barons 5-2. Linus Klasen and Aaron Johnson picked up the goals for the Admirals, while Jeremy Smith suffered the loss in net in his second career start.

RECORD SETTER…In spite of suffering the shoot-out loss Friday night against San Antonio, Admirals netminder Mark Dekanich turned aside a career high 48 shots on goal and set a new Admirals franchise record with 209:31 of consecutive shutout minutes. Before Pete MacArthur scored for San Antonio at 17:07 of the second period on Friday, Dekanich hadn’t surrendered a goal since a first period tally by Chicago on November 7, a streak that encompassed shutouts of Grand Rapids on Nov. 10 and Lake Erie on Nov. 12. On the season the North Vancouver, BC native is now 8-2-2 and leads the AHL in both goals against average (1.64) and save percentage (.944) Dekanich also earned the first NHL promotion of his career when the Predators called him up on Nov. 16.

GETTING PEPPERED…San Antonio blitzed the Admirals with 52 shots on goal Friday night in their 4-3 shoot-out win, including a 25-4 shot advantage during the second period. That was the most shots that the Ads have seen in a game since they faced 53 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Rampage on April 2, 2008. The 25 shots Milwaukee faced in the second period set an AHL franchise record for shots against in one period, and it was the most they have faced since the Cincinnati Cyclones put 26 shots on goal in the second period on October 6, 2000.

ITS MUELLER TIME…Admirals forward Chris Muller entered last weekend’s games against Lake Erie with just one goal in 13 games, but has been on a tear since, posting six point on five goals and an assist. The Buffalo, NY native scored the game-winning goal shorthanded in each of the Admirals wins over the Monsters last weekend and his shortie Friday night against the Rampage gave the team a 3-2 lead in the third period. Mueller, second on the team with six goals, became the first player in franchise history to score a shorthanded goal in three consecutive games.

FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME…When Ryan Flynn assisted on Michael Bartlett’s goal Friday night against San Antonio it marked a pair of firsts for each player. The goal was Bartlett’s first as an Admiral, after skating in a total of 13 regular season and playoff games, dating to last season. The assist for Flynn, a rookie out of the University of Minnesota, was his first professional point. He finished his collegiate career with 57 points (17g-40a) in 156 games with the Golden Gophers.

ROLE REVERSAL…Early in the season it was the Admirals power-play that was dominating, while the penalty kill struggled. However, that trend has reversed itself and now it’s the PK that is rolling, while the power-play unit can’t seem to find the back of the net. The Ads haven’t scored a goal with the man-advantage since they began their ten-game road trip, a 0-for-16 span. However, Milwaukee has sparkled on the penalty kill during that same time, allowing just one goal in 19 opportunities, and scoring three shorthanded markers to boot.

HIT THE ROAD JACK…The Admirals find themselves embroiled in a franchise record tying ten-game road trip. The swing encompasses six cities and started in Grand Rapids last Wednesday and concludes in San Antonio on November 28. The Ads started the swing with a win against the Griffins and then topped Lake Erie twice before falling in a shoot-out Friday night against San Antonio and dropping a 2-0 decision to Texas yesterday. The Admirals are now into the second half of the trip that still includes a three-in-three next weekend to finish it off. The only other time Milwaukee had a trip this long was back in 2006-07 when they went 5-4-0-1 on a ten-gamer.

OVER THE AIR AND ON THE WEB…For the fourth 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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