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Milwaukee Admirals Update (Nov. 25)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
ADMIRALS HEAD OUT ON ROAD TRIP

Five-Game Swing Begins Friday in Houston

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 9-6-0-1 record and 19 points which puts them in fifth place in the AHL’s West Division, one point ahead of Quad City and two points behind Peoria, Rockford and Iowa. This week the Admirals will play three games beginning with a home tilt versus Peoria on Wednesday night before heading to Houston for a pair of games with the Aeros on Friday and then again on Sunday.

VS. PEORIA…The Admirals will host Peoria on Wednesday night for the third time this season. The two teams split their first two meetings with each team holding serve on home ice. Peoria topped the Ads 3-1 at the Carver Arena on October 17th before Milwaukee got revenge with a 6-3 win on October 24th at the BC. Last year the Ads notched a 5-3 record against Peoria, sweeping all four contests in Milwaukee. Since the Rivermen joined the AHL for the 2005-06, Milwaukee has a 18-6-2-2 mark against them. However, the two teams have a long history in the former IHL where they did battle 158 times with the Admirals finishing with an 80-66-3-9 record in those games.

VS. HOUSTON…The Admirals and Aeros square off for a pair of games this week at the Toyota Center, the Ads final trip of the season to Houston. The two clubs faced-off on October 13th this season with the Aeros taking a 3-0 win. The Admirals posted a 5-2-0-1 record last season against the Aeros, including a 1-2-0-1 record at the Toyota Center. In 95 career meetings with the Aeros the Admirals have notched a 53-32-2-8 record with a 24-18-1-6 mark in Houston. The Admirals have posted a 5-5-0-2 record in their last 12 trips to the Toyota Center.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals have picked up wins in two out of three games last week, topping Grand Rapids 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Bradley Center before splitting a pair of games with Iowa in Des Moines over the weekend. On Tuesday, Stephen Werner scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner just 12 seconds after the Griffins had tied the game at two. Hugh Jessiman also lit the lamp for the Ads, his second goal in as many games, while Mark Dekanich stopped 29 shots to earn his second win of the season. Meanwhile Friday night, Drew MacIntyre stopped all 27 shots thrown his way to earn his first shut-out of the season and Antti Pihlstrom posted all the offense Milwaukee would need with a pair of goals on the night. On Saturday the Chops topped the Admirals 8-6 in a wild affair that saw the Admirals climb out of a 6-2 deficit to tie the score, only to surrender two goals in 35 second late in the third. Fifteen of the Admirals 18 skaters picked up at least a point in the game.

HIT THE ROAD JACK…For the fourth time in the last five seasons the Admirals will head to Texas for the Thanksgiving Day weekend. This year the trip kicks off the first of three five-game road trips for Milwaukee on the season. Following a pair of games with the Aeros the Ads will go north of the boarder to battle Hamilton and Toronto before finishing the trip with a game in Quad City on Wednesday, December 10th. This is just the second time in franchise history that the Admirals have three five-game trips on the schedule. The only other occasion was the 1980-81 season when the team had two five-gamers and a seven-game swing.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT…
Reassigned by Nashville last Thursday, Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones each made their presence felt in the Ads two games this weekend. Hornqvist assisted on a pair of goals by Antti Pihlstrom on Friday night and then scored his first goal as an Admiral on Saturday, while Jones scored the team’s third goal of the night on Friday and added an assist on Saturday. Each of them played in 15 of the Preds first 18 games with Hornqvist posting a pair of goals and seven points to go along with 12 penalty minutes and 34 shots on goal, while Jones has notched three goals and six points with four penalty minutes and 23 shots.

RUNNING UP THE SCORE…The Admirals and Chops put on an offensive display on Saturday night combining for 14 goals in Iowa’s 8-6 victory. The 14 goals tied a Milwaukee AHL record for goals in a game, equaling the mark established on January 28th, 2004 when they fell to the Syracuse Crunch by the same 8-6 score. It was also just the third time since joining the AHL that the Ads had surrendered eight tallies in one game. The Admirals also surrendered eight goals in an 8-5 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on January 13th, 2002.

HANDS OFF…The Admirals and Chops went easy on each other in their first ever meeting Friday night, with each team recording just two penalties and four penalty minutes. Coincidentally, the last time the Admirals played a game when they had just four PIMs and there were as few as eight in a game was at the Wells Fargo Arena. The Ads and Stars were each whistled for two minor penalties on October 30, 2007 in a 1-0 Iowa win. The two teams made up for it on Saturday, however, combining for 58 PIMs on 20 infractions.

I’LL TAKE TWO, PLEASE…Admirals forwards Antti Pihlstrom scored a pair of goals Friday night and Andreas Thuresson did it on Saturday to become the fourth and fifth Milwaukee players to light the lamp twice in one game this season. Stephen Werner, Cody Franson, and Nick Spaling have also done the deed, but none of the five have been able to make it a hat trick. As a matter of fact, the Admirals went the whole regular season in 2007-08 without one player scoring three times in a game, in spite of the fact that someone scored twice 21 times. Chris Durno was the last Admiral to register a hat trick, when he did it against Chicago on March 10th, 2007.

SPREADING THE WEALTH…
In addition to scoring twice Friday night, Pihlstrom was also credited with the game-winning goal, becoming the seventh player to record a game-winner for Milwaukee this season. A different Admiral has scored the GWG in each of the team’s seven non-shootout wins. In the Western Conference, only the Manitoba Moose (9) have more players with a game-winning goal than the Admirals

POINT, COUNTER-POINT…On Tuesday night Grand Rapids tied the game at two with a goal at the 10:32 of the third period. However, the Admirals responded quickly, retaking the lead just 12 second later on Stephen Werner’s second marker of the night. However, 12 seconds is not a franchise mark. Milwaukee’s all-time record for quickest two goals was just four seconds, established on October 21st, 1994 against the Chicago Wolves. Chicago scored with 24 second left in that game to pull within one, but the Admirals won the draw on the ensuing face-off and Brian Dobbin sent the puck into an empty net just four second later to ice the game.

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.

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