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Milwaukee Admirals Update: Nov. 30

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Ads End Trip with 5-3-0-2 Record, Return Home Wednesday

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with an 11-6-1-4 record and 27 points, which is good for fourth place in a tightly packed West Division where first through seventh place is separated by just seven points. Having just completed a franchise record-tying ten-game road trip with a 5-3-0-2 record, the Admirals return to the Bradley Center for their next two games, beginning with a Wednesday night fray with Manitoba, who are coached by former Admirals bench boss Claude Noel. The Admirals will host Grand Rapids on Friday night and then, after a rare Saturday night off, head to Peoria on Sunday afternoon.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals dropped their first game of the week by a 4-1 score to the Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday night. The Admirals surrendered a season high three power-play goals on a season high seven short-handed situations. Milwaukee didn’t get on the board until Chris Mueller scored with less than five minutes to play in the game. Friday the Admirals took a 1-0 win over the Texas Stars. Steve Begin scored the game’s lone goal with 6:34 left to play in the third. Mark Dekanich turned aside all 29 shots to pick up his 3rd shutout of the season. Then last night Milwaukee dropped a 2-1 shoot-out decision to Houston. Aaron Johnson tallied Milwaukee’s goal, while Dekanich made 26 saves in the game. On Sunday afternoon Milwaukee snapped a 0-for-35 power-play skid en route to a 5-3 victory over division leading San Antonio. Five different players found the back of the net for the Admirals, while Jeremy Smith turned aside 33 shots to pick up his second win of the season.

A LONG STRANGE TRIP…The Admirals have reached the light at the end of the tunnel as Sunday’s game marked the end of a franchise record tying ten-game road trip, which has seen the team on the road for almost three straight weeks. Milwaukee, who hasn’t played a home game since November 7, started the trip in Grand Rapids on November 10 and finally returns to the Bradley Center on December 1 against Manitoba. The Ads began the trip with three straight wins and followed that up with four consecutive losses and finished with a 5-3-0-2 mark, which just beats the 5-4-0-1 mark of the 2006-07 squad, the only other team in franchise history with a trip of the same duration.

OFF THE SCHNIDE…Coming into Sunday’s game against San Antonio, the Admirals were mired in a power-play slump of epic proportions, which included going the first nine games of their road trip without a goal on the man-advantage, an 0-for-35 streak. However, the team busted out of their slump yesterday, posting three-power play goals in four chances to lead them to a 5-3 win over the Rampage. After picking up a PPG in eight of their first nine games, the Admirals have scored a power-play goal in just three of their last 13 games. The Ads are now 15 of 95 on the season, a 15.8% conversion rate.

IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF THEM…The Admirals win Friday night over Texas snapped a four-game losing streak, which included three consecutive losses in regulation. While no team wants a four-game losing streak, it by no means is out of the ordinary. Milwaukee is the only franchise in AHL history to post seven consecutive season of 40 or more wins and 90 or more points and in each of those seasons, except 2003-04, the Admirals suffered at least one four-game losing streak. This is the ninth losing streak of at least four games for the Ads during that time, with a high of five games from February 19th to the 25th, 2005.

Of the Admirals 22 games thus far this season seven have been decided in overtime or a shoot-out, including Saturday night’s game against Houston. Milwaukee has only one game finish in overtime, an October 15th OTL to Chicago, and since then all six times they have needed more than 60 minutes to determine a winner it has gone to a shoot-out. The Ads have had mixed results in the shoot-outs, posting a 2-4 record. Milwaukee shooters are a combined 12-for-29 in shootout attempts, while Admiral netminders have stopped 14-of-31 opponent tries.

THE LOWEST SCORE…The Admirals win over the Stars Friday night was the 31st time in franchise history that the team has played a game in which just one goal was scored. Their record in those affairs stands at 134-15-0-2, with an 8-5-0-1 mark on the road. The last time the Admirals played a 1-0 game was less then two week ago when they took a 1-0 shoot-out win over Grand Rapids on November 10.

MR. 600…Admirals forward Kelsey Wilson picked up nine penalty minutes last Tuesday night in Oklahoma City to crack the 600 penalty minute barrier for his Admirals career. The Sault St. Marie, ON native, who has 46 PIMs this season, led the AHL in penalty minutes as a rookie in 2006-07 with 215. Wilson will likely climb into eighth place in franchise history by the end of the season, a spot currently held by Todd Hawkins with 714. However he has a long way to go to catch the legendary Admiral tough guy Ken Sabourin who tallied 1233 career penalty minutes.

WESTERN STRUGGLES…Given the choice the Admirals might take an opportunity to move divisions to the North. So far this year the Admirals have tallied an impressive 6-1 record against opponents from the North Division, while mustering just a 5-5-1-4 mark against West Division foes. All of the team’s losses on their current losing streak have come against the West and they have been outscored by teams in their own division by a 39-31 count.

WELCOME TO MILWAUKEE…The Admirals have recalled forward Dan Gendur from the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL. Gendur was acquired by Nashville along with Shane O’Brien in exchange for Jonas Andersson and Ryan Parent right before the season began. The Vancouver, BC native has two goals and six assists in ten games thus far this season with the Killer Bees. He posted four shots on goal Friday night in his first game as an Admiral.

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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