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Milwaukee Makes Preds 2-For-2 On Opening Saturday

Saturday, 10.3.2009 / 10:01 PM CT / Team
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Milwaukee Makes Preds 2-For-2 On Opening Saturday
BALANCED EFFORT LEADS TO ADS WIN
Dekanich Makes 28 Saves in Win

Milwaukee, WI–The Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, received goals from Triston Grant, Mark Santorelli, and Ian McKenzie and Mark Dekanich made 28 saves as the Ads beat the Chicago Wolves 3-2 Saturday night in the first game of the 2009-10 season. The Milwaukee win, combined with Nashville's shootout win in Dallas, gave the Predators organization a two-for-two start to the '09-10 season.

Chicago got the scoring going just 1:03 into the first when Tim Stapleton took a cross ice pass from Jason Krog and chipped it just out of the reach of Dekanich.

The Admirals outshot the Wolves 12-10 in the first period, while neither team was able to score on two power-play opportunities and Chicago led 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Milwaukee tied the score 2:09 into the second period on a Triston Grant goal. Robert Dietrich sent the puck from the corner to Ryan Maki in the right slot. Maki's shot was deflected, which froze Chicago netminder and former Admiral Drew MacIntyre, and went right to Grant, who had an easy backhander from just in front of the crease.

Santorelli broke the tie with a power-play marker at 12:02 of the second. Robert Dietrich held the Milwaukee zone and dumped the puck towards MacIntyre, but the puck was intercepted by Chicago defenseman Mike Vernace. However, Santorelli picked Vernace’s pocket and then lofted a shot over MacIntyre’s shoulder.

Less than two minutes later Milwaukee would go up 3-1 when Cal O’Reilly forced a turnover at center ice and led an odd man-rush into the Chicago zone. He dished to McKenzie who fired a slap shot past the Wolves netminder.

The assist gave O’Reilly 167 in his Admirals career, which is the most for a Milwaukee player since the team joined the AHL in 2001.

Chicago made the score 3-2 when Rylan Kaip scored on a 2-on-1 short-handed rush at 4:49 of the third period., but the Admirals defense and Dekanich shut the door the rest of the way to give the Ads the victory.

The Admirals will play five more games on the road before kicking off the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 against the Manitoba Moose. Season tickets for the 2009-10 season are still on sale for as little as $145. For more information or to order season tickets, fans should call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33