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Nov 21, 2008
Antti Pihlstrom scored a pair of goals and goalie Drew MacIntyre recorded 27 saves to post his first shutout of the season as the Milwaukee Admirals downed the Iowa Chops in the first meeting between the teams, 3-0.
The Admirals also received a boost from Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones. The two highly touted rookies joined Milwaukee Thursday night after being reassigned by Nashville. Hornqvist totalled a pair of assists and Jones scored Milwaukee's third goal.
Iowa outshot Milwaukee in the first period 12-10 but neither team was able to score a goal.
Milwaukee finally got on the board in the second period at 12:21 when Iowa turned the puck over to Hornqvist. Hornqvist fed a pass to Pihlstrom at the Chops blue line and Pihlstrom, with no one defending him, fired a shot past J.P. Levasseur for his seventh goal of the season.
The Admirals made it 2-0 at 4:59 of the third period when Pihlstrom put home a shot after Hornqvist's chance was stopped. Cal O'Reilly also notched an assist.
Jones completed the scoring at 15:11 of the third. Mike Santorelli got the puck to Kelsey Wilson on the left wing boards in the Iowa zone. Wilson battled with an Iowa defender and was able to knock the puck to Jones. Jones skated from the boards into the slot and fired a wrist shot past Levasseur.
Only four penalties were called in the game, two against each team.
Milwaukee has won seven of its last eight games and finds itself in a tie for third place in the West Division with Rockford. The Admirals points percentage of .633 is second best in the division behind Chicago's .706.
The Admirals and Chops meet in Des Moines again Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.