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Milwaukee Admirals Update: Nov. 4

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Team’s Plays Friday in Week’s Lone Game

OVERALL…The Admirals enter tonight’s contest with a 4-4-0-1 record and nine points which puts them tied for sixth place in the AHL’s West Division. The Admirals have a light week on the schedule front with just one game: Friday night against San Antonio at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee is currently in a ten day stretch where they will play just once. In the month of November the Admirals have just three games in the first 14 days, but have eight contests in the months final 16 days.

The Admirals and Rampage square off on Friday night at the Bradley Center, their second meeting of the season and first in Milwaukee. The Ads won the first match-up of the teams with a 3-1 victory on opening night. In 2007-08 Milwaukee posted a 4-3-1 record against San Antonio, including a 3-1 mark at the BC. The two squads will face each other six times again this season, three games each at their respective home rinks. In seven previous years of match-ups with the Rampage the Ads have recorded a 33-15-2-5 record with a 19-8-0-1 mark in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee swept their home-and-home series with Grand Rapids last week, picking up a 3-2 OT win on Friday at the Bradley Center before taking home a 5-4 win Saturday night in Grand Rapids. On Friday, the Griffins led 2-1 late in the third before Cody Franson notched his second marker of the season to tie the game at two. Stephen Werner notched two points, including his first goal as an Admiral, while Drew MacIntyre stopped 30 shots to earn the win. On Saturday night the Admirals scored five times in the first period and held on for the 5-4 win. Cal O’Reilly posted a goal and two assists on the evening, while Nick Spaling netted a pair of goals.

As the team’s top goal scorer, Admirals winger Antti Pihlstrom was conspicuous by his absence during the third period last Friday night against Grand Rapids, but for good reason. The Vantaa, Finland native left the game after two periods to be with his wife Tia as she gave berth to the couple’s first child, a daughter, Friday night in Milwaukee.

With a three-point night Saturday against the Griffins, Admirals center Cal O’Reilly extended his point streak to seven games, the team’s longest streak since he posted a nine-gamer last season. The streak looked to be in jeopardy on Friday night when O’Reilly sat without a point heading in to overtime, but the third-year forward assisted on Robert Dietrich’s OT game-winner to extend the streak. The Toronto, ON native leads the Admirals with 12 points (4g-8a) and has at least a point in each game that Milwaukee has scored.

THE FIVE-SPOT…The Admirals lit the lamp five times in the first period against the Griffins on Saturday night, the most goals they have scored in the first period since posting a five-spot at the Van Andel Arena last February 16th. In both games, the Griffins pulled to with-in one on a pair of power-play goals in the second stanza and in both games the Ads held on for the victory. Those five first period markers on the road are one less than the team record for first period road goals of six, equaled many times.

WELCOME TO MILWAUKEE…The Predators made a pair of trades Thursday, acquiring defensemen Tim Ramholt from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Josh Gratton and getting Hugh Jessiman from the New York Rangers for future considerations. Ramholt did not record a point in seven games this year with the Flyers AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. The Zurich, Switzerland native is certainly no stranger to the Ads, having played the 2006-07 and 07-08 seasons in the Calgary Flames organization in Omaha and Quad City. A first-round pick of the Rangers in 2003, Jessiman notched 18 goals and 24 assists in 71 games with the Hartford Wolfpack last year.

BROTHERLY LOVE…Mike and Mark Santorelli represent the first pair of brothers to suit up for the Admirals since the 1989-90 season, but the duo certainly aren’t the only players on the Milwaukee roster with talented siblings. Ads center Geoff Peters, who has goals in back-to-back games, is brothers with Buffalo Sabres forward Andrew Peters. The two were both part of the Buffalo organization in parts of three seasons and played together for the Rochester Americans during the 2001-02 campaign. In addition, Cal O’Reilly’s brother Rick was the first pick in the 2007 OHL draft by the Erie Otters.

ALUMNI WATCH…Former Admirals played a key role in Nashville’s 3-1 victory last Thursday night over Edmonton. The games three stars all have suited up for Milwaukee in the five seasons. Shea Weber posted a goal and an assist and was +2 to earn the games first star, while Pekka Rinne stopped 26 of 27 shots to pick up his first win of the season and garner second star honors and Ryan Suter chipped in a pair of assists and was +2 to pick up the third star. Rinne and Weber helped the Admirals to the 2006 Calder Cup Finals, while Suter skated for the Ads in the 2004-05 campaign.

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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