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Admirals Return to the Ice Friday Night

March 22, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Milwaukee Admirals News Release

Milwaukee, WI-After a pair of road contests last weekend, the Milwaukee Admirals (62 Games Played, 31-27-2-2-66 points, 4th place Midwest Division, 11th place Western Conference, 20th place AHL) return home for a pair of games this weekend starting Friday night against Hamilton (64 GP, 28-29-2-5-63 points, 5th place North Division, 14th place Western Conference, 28th place AHL) followed by an afternoon tilt with Rockford (65 GP, 29-29-2-5-65 points, 5th place Midwest Division, 13th place Western Conference, 24th place AHL) on Sunday. Sandwiched in between the two Bradley Center contests, Milwaukee will make its final trek of the season to Peoria (66 GP, 36-27-2-1-75 points, 2nd place Midwest Division, 5th place Western Conference, 9th place AHL).

Milwaukee's Friday night home matchup against Hamilton will conclude the brief, two-game season series between the inter-division opponents. In the only prior meeting, the Bulldogs claimed a 4-2 home decision on Jan. 18. Hamilton forward Aaron Palushaj scored the game-winner at 16:55 of the second period, while Bulldogs goaltender Robert Mayer stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn the victory. Mayer's former teammate with the Cincinnati Cyclones, Jeremy Smith (Dearborn, Michigan), made 23 saves to take the loss for Milwaukee. In their most recent matchup at the Bradley Center, Milwaukee earned a 3-2 home victory on Jan. 9 of last season. The Admirals hold a 6-4-1-0 record against the Bulldogs over the past five seasons.

On Saturday Milwaukee will conclude it 12-game season series against Peoria, which is currently tied for the Midwest Division lead with Chicago (two less games played). The Admirals lead the season series with six victories to date, including a 3-2 decision in the most recent meeting on Feb. 29 at the Bradley Center. Admirals forward Kyle Wilson (Oakville, Ontario) scored a pair of goals in the third period, including the game-winner at 15:19, while Milwaukee goaltender Atte Engren (Rauma, Finland) stopped 19 of 21 shots. Rivermen goaltender Jake Allen made 32 saves to take the loss. However, Peoria won the previous two matchups at Carver Arena this season, including a 6-3 morning victory on Jan. 24.

Sunday afternoon Milwaukee faces off with Rockford for the tenth time this season. The Ice Hogs have owned the season series to date, posting a 7-1-0-1 record in the nine prior meetings, including sweeping a home-and-home series against the Admirals just two weekends ago. After posting a 4-1 victory at the Bradley Center on March 10, Rockford backed it up with a 3-2 victory at the BMO Harris Bank Center on March 11. The home victory was the sixth straight for the Ice Hogs over Milwaukee this season. Milwaukee's last victory against Rockford came all the way back on Dec. 26, when the Admirals posted 7-3 decision on home ice. After Sunday's matinee, Milwaukee and Rockford will complete the Bradley Center portion of the season series seven days later with another matinee encounter on the following Sunday.

Key Statistics:

MILWAUKEE's home record: (6th best AHL) 32 Games Played, 19-11-2-0-40 points; road record: (27th best AHL) 30 Games Played, 12-16-0-2-26 points.

Hamilton's road record: (26th) 29 GP, 12-15-1-1-26 points.

Peoria's home record: (22nd) 32 GP, 17-14-1-0-35 points.

Rockford's road record: (11th) 34 GP, 15-14-2-3-35 points.

Active Leading Scorers as of March 22:

MILWAUKEE: Chris Mueller (26 goals & 23 assists, 49 points); Kyle Wilson (18 goals & 26 assists, 44 points); Taylor Beck (13 goals & 23 assists, 36 points).

Hamilton: Andreas Engqvist (19 goals & 16 assists, 35 points); Brian Willsie (11 goals & 22 assists, 33 points); Phil DeSimone (13 goals & 18 assists, 31 points).

Peoria: T. J. Hensick (20 goals & 45 assists, 65 points); Derek Nesbitt (21 goals & 31 assists, 52 points); Jonathan Cheechoo (20 goals & 29 assists, 49 points).

Rockford: Brandon Pirri (22 goals & 28 assists, 50 points); Peter LeBlanc (22 goals & 16 assists, 38 points); Rostislav Olesz (12 goals & 23 assists, 35 points).

Power play:

MILWAUKEE: (5th best AHL) 48 goals scored in 234 chances, 20.5% success rate, 3 shorthanded goals allowed.

Hamilton: (13th) 52 goals scored in 288 chances, 18.1% success rate, 6 shorthanded goals allowed.

Peoria: (4th) 54 goals scored in 262 chances, 20.6% success rate, 4 shorthanded goals allowed.

Rockford: (23rd) 46 goals scored in 297 chances, 15.5% success rate, 6 shorthanded goals allowed.

Penalty killing:

MILWAUKEE: (26th best AHL) 54 goals allowed in 269 times shorthanded, 79.9% success rate, 5 shorthanded goals scored.

Hamilton: (15th) 52 goals allowed in 29- times shorthanded, 82.1% success rate, 3 shorthanded goals scored.

Peoria: (7th) 42 goals allowed in 269 times shorthanded, 84.4% success rate, 3 shorthanded goals scored.

Rockford: (25th) 57 goals allowed in 286 times shorthanded, 80.1% success rate, 3 shorthanded goals scored.

National Hockey League Affiliates:

MILWAUKEE: Nashville Predators

Hamilton: Montreal Canadiens

Peoria: St. Louis Blues

Rockford: Chicago Blackhawks

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