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Milwaukee Admirals Update: Nov. 9

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
ADS EARN FIVE OF SIX POINTS LAST WEEK

Team Begins Ten-Game Roadtrip Wednesday

OVERALL…The Admirals enter this afternoon’s game with a 6-3-1-2 record and 15 points, which is good for fourth place in a tightly packed West Division. After completing a successful three game homestand last week the Admirals now embark on a franchise record tying ten-game road trip and won’t return home until December 1. First up on the trip is an 11:00 am meeting with Grand Rapids on Wednesday followed by a pair of games with Lake Erie on Friday and Saturday.

LAST THIS WEEK…The Admirals picked up five out of a possible six points last week, earning a 4-1 win over Chicago on Sunday and 3-2 shoot-out victory Friday while dropping a 3-2 shoot-out to Rockford Wednesday. Against the Hogs, the Admirals jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead, but surrendered a pair of goals in the third period and eventually lost in the shoot-out. Jamie Lundmark and Aaron Johnson lit the lamp for the Admirals, while Mark Dekanich made 25 saves on the night, but took the shoot-out loss. Then Friday night the Admirals came back from a 2-0 deficit on goals from Linus Klasen and Mark Santorelli and then tallied five of six attempts in the shoot-out for the victory. Sunday afternoon the Admirals used a dominant second period, outshooting Chicago 5-4, to turn a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead and cruised to the win. Santorelli tallied a pair of goals, while Jon Blum and Matt Halischuk each pitched in a pair of assists.

MAKING HIS MARK…Admirals right wing Mark Santorelli found his scoring touch over the weekend, posting three goals and adding a successful shoot-out attempt Friday night. Friday night against Peoria, Santorelli tallied the game-tying goal in the third period and then converted on his shoot-out attempt as the Ads came away with a 3-2 shoot-out win. Then on Sunday afternoon the Vancouver, BC native tallied a pair of markers to help propel the Admirals to a 4-1 win over Chicago. On the season Santorelli is second on the Admirals roster with five goals and tops the team with a +5 rating.

SHOOT-OUT SUCCESS…In the two shoot-out games last week the Admirals were successful on eight of their 11 attempts, an impressive .727 conversion percentage. On the season, Milwaukee ranks fourth in the AHL with a 60% success rate, and Linus Klasen, Jamie Lundmark, and Mark Van Guilder each have scored a pair of shoot-out goals. Friday night’s win over Peoria was the team’s first shoot-out win of the season and broke a seven game shoot-out losing streak on home ice. The last time the Admirals won at home in a shoot-out was back on December 17, 2008 in a 2-1 win over Houston.

WELCOME BACK…Returning to the ice for the first time since missing his first game as a pro, Jon Blum posted two assists in both games this past weekend to help key the Admirals victories. Blum, who missed Wednesday’s game with an injury, had never missed one since joining the team for the post-season in 2009, a span of 101 games including the playoffs. The first native Californian to be drafted in the first round, Blum was the only Admiral to play in all 80 games last season as he led Milwaukee rookies and was fourth on the team with 41 points (11g-30a). In ten games this year he leads the team lead with eight assists.

HIT THE ROAD JACK…After a successful three-game homestand, the Admirals will embark on a franchise record tying ten-game road trip beginning this Wednesday. The swing encompasses six cities and starts in Grand Rapids, MI on November 10 and concludes in San Antonio on November 28. After the Ads battle the Griffins on the 10th they head to Cleveland to take on the Lake Erie Monsters on the 12th and 13th before heading back to Milwaukee for five days. The team then heads south for two games against San Antonio, Texas, and Oklahoma City and one versus Houston. 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.

STARTING STRONG…Admirals netminder Mark Dekanich is off to a strong start so far this season, posting a 6-1-1 record with a 1.83 goals against average, which is third in the AHL, and a .932 save percentage in nine games. The North Vancouver, BC native has allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his nine contests and also earned the first NHL promotion of his career when the Predators called him up on Nov. 16. Dekanich holds team records for goals against in a season (2.09) and save percentage (.923).

LONG TIME COMING…Defenseman Aaron Johnson picked up his first goal of the season and his first in an Admirals uniform against the IceHogs on Wednesday night. The marker was Johnson’s first in the American Hockey League since he lit the lamp as a member of the Syracuse Crunch on February 22, 2006. While the duration is a long one, the Port Hawksbury, NS native played just 15 games in the AHL during the time. In the interim he posted 12 goals and 26 assists in 196 NHL Games.

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 milwaukeeadmirals.com and click on the AHL Live banner.

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