Admirals Win AHL Preseason Opener

Friday, 09.30.2011 / 10:21 PM CT / Training Camp Central
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Admirals Win AHL Preseason Opener
Admirals Score Four in Second to Lead to Win

Milwaukee, WI—The Milwaukee Admirals picked up goals from five different players en route to a 5-3 win over the Rockford IceHogs in pre-season action in the unofficial first game for new Admirals coach Kirk Muller.

Milwaukee scored four times in the second period to turn a tie game into a three goal lead.

Rockford got on the board first when Brandon Bollig took a nice drop pass from David Toews and beat Ads netminder Jeremy Smith at 7:09 of the opening period.

Ryan Flynn tied the score for Milwaukee when he managed to corral the puck after a Chris Cahill shot with 3:39 left in the first. Just 1:08 into the second, center Joel Champagne put the Ads up 2-1 when he cleaned up the rebound of a Juuso Puustinen attempt.

Milwaukee took a two goal lead with a power-play goal by Jani Lajunen at the 11:08 mark of the second, but less than two minutes later, at 13:03, Jimmy Hayes scored on a breakaway to cut pull Rockford back within a goal.

However, the Admirals got that one back and another as Taylor Aronson scored at 15:55 and Mark Van Guilder lit the lamp at 18:17 to pump the Milwaukee lead to 5-2 after two periods.

Rockford’s Shawn Lalonde scored the third only goal, 1:35 into the frame.

Juuso Puustinen (2a), David Leaderer (2a), and Lajunen (1g-1a) each tallied multi-point games for the Ads, while Smith picked up the win in net by turning aside 21 shots.

Milwaukee completes their pre-season schedule Saturday night when the travel to Chicago to battle the Wolves at Hoffman Estates Ice Rink at 6:00 pm.

The Admirals kick off the regular season on Saturday, October 8th at 7:00 pm at the Peoria Civic Center against the Peoria Rivermen. The Ads commence the home portion of their schedule on Friday, October 14th at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center against the Chicago Wolves. Fans can order tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800)745-300 or by logging on to the Admirals website at Don’t forget to follow the Admirals on Twitter (@mkeadmirals) and on Facebook! is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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